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Minimum Wage Hike To Be Debated In Massachusetts Senate


A bill to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts is going to come up for debate in the State Senate on Tuesday.

The bill would hike the state’s minimum wage, currently at $8.00 an hour to $11.00 an hour by January 2016 and tie future increases to the rate of inflation. Senate President Therese Murray said the bill is an attempt to restore the minimum wage to its purchasing power if had it kept pace with inflation. Democratic gubernatorial candidates including Martha Coakley and Steve Grossman support it

The Massachusetts director of the National Federation of Independent Business called the proposed hike in the minimum wage “ dangerous”  and warned it would hurt teenage employment.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.