MassLive/ Springfield Republican: Sales taxes, minimum wage, paid leave and nurse staffing headed toward 2018 ballot

By Shira Schoenberg
MassLive, The Springfield Republican, Dec 7, 2017

Ballot questions that would raise the minimum wage, lower the sales tax, require employers to offer paid family leave and regulate nurse staffing are all expected to gather enough signatures to get on the ballot in 2018. ...

Minimum wage

A coalition of labor leaders, clergy and liberal organizing groups is pushing a question that would raise the minimum wage from $11 to $15 over four years. It would also raise wages for tipped workers from $3.75 an hour plus tips to $9 an hour plus tips over four years. The minimum wage would be indexed to inflation after that. ...

[S]ome businesses support the effort. Michael Kanter, owner of Cambridge Naturals, a natural food store, said his business already raised the starting wage to $15 an hour. “I think it’s good for business,” Kanter said. “It helps support our employees who are also our customers. There is better customer service, we have less turnover.” ...

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