Senate President Therese Murray: State Needs To Debate Living Wage

April 11, 2013 3:08 PM
Senate President Therese Murray: State Needs To Debate Living Wage
" BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts needs to have a conversation about what constitutes a living wage, Senate President Therese Murray told business leaders Thursday.

In a breakfast speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Plymouth Democrat noted that lawmakers in Maine recently approved a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2016, adjusting it annually for inflation after that. The bill has yet to be signed into law.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens reports

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In Massachusetts, the minimum wage has been $8 per hour since 2008 and isn’t automatically adjusted to inflation.

Murray also pointed to New York, which recently agreed to raise its minimum wage to $9 over the next three years, without tying future increases to inflation. Other cities have passed their own citywide minimum wages that are indexed to inflation, she said "

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