$15 hourly minimum wage approved for home care workers

BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts has approved a $15 hourly minimum wage for home care workers.

Now, there’s a campaign there to extend the same wage to fast food and retail workers.

A report out last month from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy center said a minimum wage hike to $15-dollars per hour would impact 92-thousand people here In western Massachusetts.

One of nine Massachusetts residents lives below the federal poverty threshold, including more than 200,000 children, according to the most recent 2014 data. Overall and child poverty levels remain lower than the U.S. as a whole.

Report: Minimum wage hike helped Massachusetts’ lowest-paid workers