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Minimum Wage Hike Approval Expected

A measure expected to pass Wednesday would increase the state’s minimum wage to $11.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill at the State House Wednesday that will raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11 in 2017 (Credit: Flickr/Tim Sackton)
The Massachusetts House of Representatives is expected to pass a bill at the State House Wednesday that will raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11 in 2017 (Credit: Flickr/Tim Sackton)

Massachusetts residents will soon find out if those making minimum wage will receive a pay bump, courtesy of the State House.

The House of Representatives is taking up Senate Bill 2195 today, legislation that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $11 in 2017, according to the Associated Press.

“When people work 30, 40 hours a week and they’re making $8 an hour, that’s not making it in Massachusetts,” Senate President Therese Murray told The Boston Globe.

The AP reports the bill is expected to pass and earn Governor Deval Patrick’s signature.

Political action group “Raise Up Massachusetts” is currently petitioning residents to raise the minimum wage. Calls to the group were not returned as of this afternoon.

Tyler Jozefowicz June 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM
MoonBeamWatcher: keep watching the moon. Old people are on MEDICARE, not Obamacare. But you knew that. So why the dementia talk.
Myron Dittmer June 19, 2014 at 08:14 AM
I'm a conservative who believes that there should be an increase in the MW in this state, over a period of years so that businesses can adjust - basically because this state is one of the most expensive to live in and this fact should be reflected in the MW.
David Lucas June 19, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Coincidentally, today's Boston Globe has a story about how violent crime among teenagers in Boston is expected to rise strikingly this year. The chief concern, among clergy, community leaders and lawmakers, is that without school during the summer and without part-time jobs, kids have no incentive to go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up at a reasonable hour, thus staying out all night and getting into trouble. Mayor Marty Walsh has asked businesses to please consider hiring teenagers during the summer to prevent this. This bill will ensure that businesses choose otherwise; and it's not because they don't care. Another Massachusetts big labor success story!
Myron Dittmer June 19, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Here is suggestion that could make progress in getting this done, Mr. Lucas,..ask Gov. Patrick to switch that 90 million dollars he wants to spend on his suite of offices to providing these jobs for students this summer. Just imagine how many jobs this could produce for students during the summer? But this won't get done because...quite simply...just not a priority with this administration.
Kirby June 19, 2014 at 10:36 PM
Why only $11? Why not $15? $22? $30? Why $11?

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