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Massachusetts Lawmakers Approve Minimum Wage Hike

Mass State HouseBOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts House has approved a bill that would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years.

The legislation, which passed on a 123-24 vote, would also overhaul the state’s unemployment insurance system and provide basic work standards and protections for nannies and other domestic workers.

The Senate has already approved separate minimum wage and unemployment insurance bills.

The Senate bill would increase the wage to $11 per hour over three years and link automatic increases to the rate of inflation.

The House bill doesn’t link the minimum wage to changes in inflation.

Both bills would also increase the minimum wage for tipped workers.

There’s also a ballot question that would increase the minimum wage to $10.50 over two years and index future increases to inflation.

Massachusetts last increased the wage in 2008.

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  • disqus_wyhgIA1zqi

    Small businesses arent going to handle this. Its gonna crush them. Its bad enough they have to compete with box stores now this.

  • Donna

    And what about those that currently make $10.50 an hour…or a little more…they now are paid the same? Its like they fey a cut in pay…not a lot of places are giving out raises and if hey are its very small..

    • Heather

      i agree, all those who worked to earned their raises who are making $10.50/hour currently are going to suffer because most employers aren’t going to increase those employees wages…just another reinforcement to the attitude of “give me more” that people seem to have these days. why work hard to get ahead when one can just wait for the government to give it to them.

      • Heather

        sorry worked to earn…need coffee lol

        • bruce

          Same here. Busted my ass to get where I’m at now and now a new employee will make about the same which I worked years to get to…

  • Publicdole

    Oh wow so that means if you are making $50 per hour you should be getting a similar % raise. Can’t wait to see the impact on prices and jobs. Bye.

  • Sally

    A 25% pay increase in 2 years no matter how productive the employee. That is not how business runs . Do politicians take credit for giving out raises with other peoples’ money? Yes they will. Imagine being the employee that has earned his raise now making the same pay as the employee that hasn’t . Government just doesn’t get it.

  • Sally

    All this time I thought we were smarter than Connecticut . Ah geez . Of course the State workers pay is linked to minimum wage. That means they will be getting a 25% pay raise also. The rest of us should have no problem paying extra tax dollars for that….RIGHT?