UPDATE: $15 PASSED IN MASSACHUSETTS, Summer 2018!
Our state’s economy works best when all working people are able to meet their basic needs through access to good paying jobs. A full-time worker in Massachusetts earning the current minimum wage of $11 an hour makes only $22,880 a year. A minimum wage earner would have to work 94 hours every week in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Many workers earning the minimum wage are forced to work three or more jobs to piece together enough money to pay for groceries, housing, heating and other basic needs.
The Raise Up Massachusetts minimum wage legislation, HD2719 (filed by Rep. Dan Donahue) and SD984 (filed by Sen. Ken Donnelly), raises the state’s minimum wage by $1 each year over four years until it is $15 an hour in 2021. The minimum wage will then be adjusted each year to rise along with increases in the cost of living.
For more information on the details of this outcome, click here.