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New Year Brings Bump in Minimum Wage, Easier Access to Public Records

BOSTON (AP) - An increase in the minimum hourly wage and an overhaul of the state's public records law are the most notable laws taking effect in Massachusetts in the new year...

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Barry Richard – Consumers Would Pay For A $15 Minimum Wage In Massachusetts

 

Several dozen people, including a Massachusetts State Representative, were arrested in Cambridge this week for blocking traffic while demonstrating for an increase in the state's already generous minimum wage. Man...

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Is It Time For A $15/Hour Minimum Wage [Video]

Is it time for the Commonwealth to adopt legislation ushering in a $15/hr minimum wage? Raise Up Massachusetts says yes. They're holding a rally Saturday at Buttonwood Park to raise awareness and the minimum wage...

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Minimum Wage Increases In The New Year

Workers in Massachusetts must now be paid a minimum wage of $10 an hour, up from the previous minimum of $9.

The wage increase takes effect Friday under legislation that was approved in 2014, and that also calls for another increase in 2017, to $11 an hour...

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Massachusetts to Raise Hourly Minimum Wage in 2016

A boost in pay will occur in the state of Massachusetts on New Years Day when the state’s hourly minimum wage increases from $9 to $10 an hour.

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Minimum Wage Rally On Beacon Hill

Supporters of a proposed $15/hour minimum wage will be heading to Beacon Hill on Tuesday for a rally and hearing in support of that initiative.

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Minimum Wage Can’t Pay Rent

For folks who have a job that pays the federal minimum wage of $7.25, it's impossible to swing the monthly rent. Just think that out of that $7...

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New MA Laws Take Effect In The New Year

Massachusetts' minimum wage got a bump from $8 to $9 per hour — the first increase since 2008 — starting New Year's Day. It's part of an effort designed to ensure all workers are paid at least $11 an hour by 2017.

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Patrick Signs Minimum Wage Hike

Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a law raising the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour - a high among U.S. states - by 2017.

Patrick told a Statehouse ceremony on Thursday that the new law would provide some relief to low-income workers, while noting it would still not be a ``livable wage'' for many Massachusetts residents...

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Group Withdraws Minimum Wage Referendum

A group pushing for an increase in the state's minimum wage is ending its bid to put a question on the November state ballot.

Raise Up Massachusetts said Monday the ballot question is no longer necessary since the Legislature has approved a bill that would raise the $8-per-hour minimum wage to $11 by 2017...

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