BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts’ lowest paid workers are pressuring lawmakers to raise the minimum wage to $15. The state’s minimum wage is set to go up one dollar to $11 per hour in January.
The group “Raise Up Massachusetts” plans to file legislation in the new year to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Hundreds of low wage workers rallied at the State House on Tuesday to drum up support for the proposal.
In 2014, state lawmakers approved a gradual increase in the minimum wage, from $8 per hour to $11 per hour, over three years. Some business owners are hesitant to raise the minimum wage again, especially when the third and final increase is set to take effect on January 1st.
Bill Rennie, of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, told 22News that a $15 minimum wage could result in higher prices for customers. “If the state is mandating that your labor costs increase by ‘X’, but you don’t see the same boost in your sales – something’s got to give.”
The Massachusetts minimum wage is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.