Town of Amherst minimum wage increase faces tough opposition

AMHERST, (Mass) WWLP– A minimum wage hike in Amherst is facing tough opposition.

A UMass student had collected enough petition signatures to propose the Town of Amherst raise their minimum wage $7 an hour above the state’s required minimum wage.

In a meeting Monday night, the Amherst Select Board voted not to recommend that town officials go for the state approval needed in order to increase the town’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce told 22News they don’t oppose a minimum wage increase, but would like to see it happen regionally.

Supporters of the change told 22News if workers are earning more money they may spend more locally.

Elected town representatives will meet again to decide if they will go with the Select Board recommendation or if they continue to seek state legislation to up the town minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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