$11-hr. minimum wage bill signed into law

First increases to take effect in January

BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill that will raise the minimum wage to $11 dollars per hour by 2017.

The measure increases the wage from $8 per hour in three annual steps, and gives Massachusetts the highest minimum wage in the country.

The newly-signed law will go into effect in 90 days, but it will gradually raise the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 per hour over three years; making that the highest statewide minimum wage in the country.

Low-wage workers will begin reaping the benefits this upcoming January, when their pay will increase a dollar a year. The pay raise, however, will have no ties to inflation, which was a part of a compromise reached by Massachusetts House and Senate members.

Governor Patrick signed the bill into law Thursday morning, as he said, to help hard-working families keep up with the cost of living, and to help businesses keep up with the change.

“With this bill, Massachusetts takes the lead, in yet another way, we bring relief to many of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens helping more than 800-thousand Massachusetts wage earners,” Patrick said.

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