Friday, June 28, 2013

MassBudget: The Massachusetts minimum wage - Frequently Asked Questions

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Minimum Wage Resources
A strong minimum wage helps ensure that Massachusetts workers earn enough to support their families, and it can also help our economy by increasing the amount of money workers have to spend at local businesses. Our new FAQ answers a range of questions about the current minimum wage and includes some of the main findings from our recent minimum wage reports, including:

  • Over the course of a year, a full-time minimum wage worker earns about $5400 less today than he or she would have in 1968 (adjusted for inflation)

  • Raising the minimum wage to $10 would increase the wages of an estimated 581,000 workers--or roughly 1 in 5 workers across the Commonwealth

  • Of those 581,000 workers who would be affected by an increase in the minimum wage, 86 percent are 20 years or older.

In addition, we have updated several of our minimum wage tools and factsheets, and made all of our relevant work available through our minimum wage resource page. This includes:

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