NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The effort continues to raise the state’s minimum wage. A new report by the Massachusetts Budget and Policy center said if Massachusetts raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour, it could increase wages for 29% of workers.
A Northampton cafe boosted their minimum to $14, and prohibited tipping. He said customers didn’t seem to mind.
American International College economics professor John Rogers told 22News such an increase could hurt businesses in Western Massachusetts. “It could create an imbalance because we don’t pay the same wages that you do in Boston, so an employer in Western Massachusetts could have a hard time keeping up with those increases.”
Haymarket cafe will increase their minimum wage to $15 this November.
Massachusetts raised their minimum wage up at the beginning of this year from $9 to $10 per hour and it will cap off when it is raised to $11 at the beginning of 2017.