State minimum wage could increase over 3 year period

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BOSTON (AP) — The debate over whether to raise the state’s minimum wage — and by how much — is heating up on Beacon Hill.

A House committee is expected to formally unveil a bill on Thursday that would hike the hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over three years, while also reforming the state’s unemployment insurance system.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo previewed the plan in a recent speech to business leaders.

The Senate has passed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour over three years and index future increases to inflation. The House bill is not expected to include automatic cost of living adjustments.

A group pushing for a minimum wage increase says it will put the question before voters if lawmakers are unable to reach consensus.

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