WWLP-22News: Lawmakers hear arguments for $15 minimum wage

By Elisha Machado
WWLP-22News, September 19, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A state proposal calls for raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts. Lawmakers heard from the public on a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

Minimum wage workers shared their stories with lawmakers on the state’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development of working two to three jobs just to make ends meet. They’re calling on lawmakers to pass a bill that would gradually raise the minimum wage from $11 to $15 per hour by 2021. ...

Although some large business groups have come out against the bill, more than 200 Massachusetts business leaders are supporting the minimum wage raise.

“You get a terrific boost in spending, which boosts revenues at businesses,” Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage said. “You get a boost often as you raise wages. You get lower turnover, better customer retention, better worker retention.” ...

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