DeLeo Calls For Hike In Minimum Wage

March 13, 2014 6:36 PM
DeLeo Calls For Hike In Minimum Wage
" BOSTON (AP) — The state’s minimum wage would rise to $10.50 per hour over three years but would not be automatically adjusted for inflation under a proposal unveiled Thursday by a top Massachusetts lawmaker.

In a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, D-Winthrop, also said the plan for increasing the minimum wage increase would be linked to changes designed to offer relief for businesses from high unemployment insurance rates.

“It is a careful balancing act and one that involves improving conditions for workers at the bottom of our wage scale while creating a climate that permits businesses to create jobs,” DeLeo said.

The House minimum wage proposal is less generous than a bill approved last November in the state Senate that would increase the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour over the same three-year period, and would index future changes to inflation.

DeLeo said the House bill would boost the minimum wage to $9 on July 1, to $10 a year later and $10.50 in 2016. The minimum tipped wage for restaurant and bar employees would rise to $3.75 per hour from the current $3 per hour "

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