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Mass. Senate to Consider Hike in Minimum Wage

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by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate will consider a bill, backed by Senate President Therese Murray, to raise the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $11 by 2016.

An aide to Murray says the bill would also tie future increases in the minimum wage to inflation and assure that the state’s minimum wage is always at least 50 cents higher than the federal rate.

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on the bill.

Murray, a Plymouth Democrat, first signaled her support for a hike in the minimum wage during a speech to Boston business leaders in April, but until now has not thrown her support behind a specific proposal.

The state’s minimum wage has been $8 per hour since 2008 and isn’t automatically adjusted to inflation.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

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  • weasel

    $20 for a fast food hamburg. No way. You can get a couple lobsters, fillets, etc when on sale for that price. Enjoy your unemployment.

  • alpinequeen

    Politicians love to talk about raising the minimum wage as it makes them look like saviors in the eyes of low wage earners. Only 3% make minimum wage and these are usually entry level jobs, those with less education, some with little or no work history and fewer skills than those who earn more. Some one third of minimum wage earners also earn tips. The government has spent far too much time and money bailing out the rich with tax breaks than in providing some serious education and training for those who would most benefit in order to get better than minimum wage jobs.