Several Chinese restaurants in Hampshire County, Massachusetts, are paying some immigrant workers significantly less than the minimum wage.
A Massachusetts think tank found that between 2014 and 2015, hourly pay went up 7 percent for low wage workers and 3 percent for middle income workers.
Among the bills now awaiting Governor Deval Patrick’s signature, which is expected, is a measure that would give Massachusetts a nation’s highest $11 an hour minimum wage.
The package is a compromise between the House and Senate. Unlike a previous Senate proposal, it does not tie future wage increases to inflation.
The vote sets up a dynamic where House and Senate leaders can finally get their proposals before a conference committee to come up with a consensus bill that will not be subject to amendment.
Lawmakers across New England are looking at the same issue, with lots of negotiating still to come.
The question during the day long debate wasn’t whether the wage rate should be raised but how quickly it should happen.
The bill will increase the minimum hourly wage to $9.15 in January, $9.60 in January 2016 and $10.10 in January 2017. State officials say 70,000 to 90,000 people now earn the minimum wage in Connecticut.
Today the Connecticut House and Senate are slated to vote for Governor Dannel Malloy’s proposal to hike the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour […]
The House committee which was preparing the bill missed a deadline by one day. And now the Senate won’t grant an extension.
Raise Up Massachusetts isn’t stopping its campaign to raise the minimum wage through a ballot question, even after House Speaker Robert DeLeo brought the legislature one step closer to raising the wage on its own.
If the raise passes town meeting, it will head to the state legislature for approval.
A new poll shows Massachusetts residents overwhelmingly support bumping the state’s minimum wage from its current $8 an hour. Meanwhile, the poll tested opinions ahead of this year’s election of a new governor.
In his State of the Union address this week, President Barack Obama called on local lawmakers around the country to raise minimum wages. The Massachusetts Senate is way ahead of him. It passed a bill in November that would push the state wage from 8 to 11 dollars an hour by 2016. But there’s one group who, on paper at least, make far less than that: people like servers and bartenders who rely on tips.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick met privately and briefly with Boston Mayor-elect Marty Walsh at the governor’s office Monday.