Friday, December 29, 2017

“We are working diligently to strike the right balance"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Despite support from a majority of its members, legislation raising the Massachusetts minimum wage from $11 to $15 is ending 2017 the same way it began the year - pending before the Democrat-controlled Labor and Workforce Development Committee. 
Meantime, citizen activists anxious to put a $15 wage floor on the lawbooks are moving forward with their plans to do so without any help from Beacon Hill. 
Raise Up Massachusetts, the coalition behind an initiative petition on track for a vote in November 2018, noted Wednesday that the minimum wage will rise on Jan. 1 in 18 states, but will remain the same in Massachusetts for the first time in four years. Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Oregon and Washington have approved minimum wages that exceed $11 an hour, and California and New York are already on schedule to bring their minimum wages up to $15 an hour. 
While minimum wage hike opponents have warned pay mandates will hold down job growth, the coalition said that since 2014, when the Massachusetts minimum wage was $8 an hour, employers have added more than 211,000 jobs in Massachusetts and the state’s low jobless rate points to a need for more workers."

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