( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts State Senate voted 32-7 to increase the state’s minimum wage by $3 over the next three years to $11 an hour, approving legislation that would give Massachusetts the highest minimum wage in the country.
The bill would also tie future increases in the minimum wage to inflation and guarantee that the minimum in Massachusetts would remain 50 cents higher than the federal minimum wage level. The three-step increase would increase the minimum wage to $9 in 2014, $10 in 2015 and $11 in 2016. The 7 State Senators who voted against the increase are: Senators Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester), Bob Hedlund (R-Weymouth), Richard Ross (R-Wrentham), Dick Moore (D-Uxbridge), Kathleen O’Connor Ives (D-Newburyport), Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport) & Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell). An amendment sponsored by Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole) that would have eliminated future increases from the rate of inflation failed by a vote of 10-28. Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance will be updating our scorecard on these key votes and you may check our scorecard by clicking here or visiting www.massfiscalscorecard.org.
The next step will be for the House of Representatives to take up a similar bill, most likely in January. We encourage you to contact your lawmakers today and tell them that you are against an increase to the state’s minimum wage. You may locate your lawmakers by clicking here.