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article imageMassachusetts Senate approves $11-per-hour state minimum wage

By Owen Weldon     Nov 22, 2013 in Politics
On Tuesday the Massachusetts Senate voted 32-7 to increase the state's minimum wage to $11-per-hour, which would give the state the highest minimum wage in the United States.
According to Wicked Local, the state's minimum wage would increase over the next three years to $11 by 2016. This would give the lowest wage workers their first wage in about six years.
MassLive says that one of the bill's supporters, Senator Mark C. Montigny, a New Bedford Democrat, said it could help close the gap between the poor and the rich. He said that right now there are thousands of people who are living below the poverty line, even though they are working full time.
According to Patch, another Senator, Ken Donnelly (D-Arlington) said that the wage increase has been a long time coming, and that it will ensure that residents of MA will be able to earn a living wage.
The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where it will be up for debate. The House is expected to debate the bill sometime next year.
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