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Clergy Members Push For Minimum Wage Increase

A group representing clergy from around the state is urging lawmakers to agree on a bill that not only raises the minimum wage but also ties future increases in the wage to inflation.

Massachusetts Faith Voices met Thursday with representatives of House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray and delivered a letter signed by 344 religious leaders of several faiths

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Raise Up Massachusetts - Facebook

Tuesday Meeting Addresses Min. Wage, Sick Leave

A community meeting Tuesday night looks to garner support for raising the minimum wage in Massachusetts.

The meeting is part of the Raise Up Massachusetts campaign, and will call on elected officials to raise the minimum wage to at least $10

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Small Business Leaders Criticize Teen Rally

A rally held at the statehouse Thursday is drawing criticism from the small business community.

The National Federation of Independent Business says the nearly 1,000 teens calling for increased funding for youth summer jobs initiatives are only creating future problems for themselves

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CBO Says Increasing Minimum Wage Will Mean Job Losses

 

A new report claims a boost in the minimum wage could cost jobs. 

The report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says half-a-million jobs could be lost by 2016 if the minimum wage is increased to 10-dollars-and-10-cents an hour. 

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Mass. Voters To Decide Policy Issues On The Ballot

Massachusetts voters have a long history of deciding weighty policy questions use referendum voters,whether it be deciding whether to reinstate the death penalty, or approving the sale of medical marijuana

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Ballot Question Backers Deliver Needed Signatures

Supporters of ballot questions that would raise the minimum wage, create a statewide earned sick time policy and update the state's bottle deposit law say they've delivered more than enough certified signatures to put the issues before voters next year

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Update: Mass. Senate Approves Minimum Wage Hike

 

The Massachusetts Senate has voted to increase the state's minimum wage from $8 per hour to $11 by 2016 and tie subsequent increases to inflation.
 
    The bill, approved by a 32-7 vote, would hike the wage for the state's lowest-paid workers in increments over the next three years, with the new wage kicking in next July.
 

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New Bedford Businessman Takes Issue With Obama’s Minimum Wage Proposal

During his State of the Union address Monday night, President Obama proposed the idea for a federal minimum wage of $9/hr.

While it may sound appealing to those just entering the workforce, Roy Nascimento of the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce says the mandate would negatively effect a lot of businesses

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