Lawmakers To Consider Hike In Mass. Minimum Wage

June 11, 2013 2:08 PM
Lawmakers To Consider Hike In Mass. Minimum Wage
" BOSTON (AP) — A group representing retailers in Massachusetts hoped to convince lawmakers that raising the minimum wage would hurt many employers and cost jobs, while another group of small business owners planned to argue that increasing wages for the state’s lowest-paid workers would help the state’s economy.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Karen Twomey reports

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The Legislature’s committee on Labor and Workforce Development on Tuesday was scheduled to hear several bills that would increase the minimum wage, which has been at $8 an hour since 2008. One proposal calls for an increase to $11 over three years and tying future hikes to inflation.

“Many Bay State employers simply cannot afford this increase, and neither can our economy if indeed we are collectively serious in stating that our priority in the Commonwealth is to grow jobs,” said Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, in testimony prepared for delivery at the hearing "

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