Massachusetts lawmakers discuss raising minimum wage… again

Right now all Massachusetts workers must make at least $9 an hour

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Fast food workers may be seeing another pay increase here in Massachusetts. Massachusetts legislators will meet on Tuesday, October 13th, to discuss raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour here in the state.

It’s a controversial issue that’s sparked a debate on Beacon Hill: Minimum wage. Right now all Massachusetts workers must make at least 9 dollars per hour. That number will go up to one dollar each year until 2017, when workers will make $11 an hour. But some lawmakers and employees are pushing for $15 an hour.

“I think if the prices of living continue to go up. I think pay raises should also go up,” says Henry Bergendale of Springfield.

Fast food workers agree. They’ve been rallying and protesting across the U.S. for higher wages, and in some cases, gotten them! Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City have agreed to gradually increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Jim Tobin from Lake George, New York, told 22News, “I think its a good idea because I don’t think people can existence on the current minimum wage”

“Everyone wants to make that kind of money,” says Debbie Bardelli of Springfield. “Its a living wage and they should get it if they can.”

The city with the highest minimum wage is Emeryville California at $14.44 an hour. A rally will be held at Beacon Hill Tuesday to fight for higher pay.

22News state house reporter Tiffany Chan will bring you both sides of the controversial debate tomorrow starting at 5:00 PM on 22News.


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