Mass. minimum wage increase almost approved

Business owners concerned about wage increase

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts is now one signature away from hiking the state minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2017.

Low wage workers hope Governor Patrick will sign the minimum wage bill that received overwhelming approval from the state legislature, but business owners are concerned about how much it will cost them.

They told 22News if the minimum wage goes up to $11 an hour, workers with more experience and qualification will want a raise too.

Tim Graney, VP of Operations for Valet Park of America said, “If a high school student is earning $11 an hour. What is a young person who’s attending college and paying for college going to expect to earn?

22News will continue to follow the story and we’ll let you know if and when Governor Patrick gives the minimum wage hike his final approval.

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