Massachusetts Approves $11 Minimum Wage

MoneystacksBecomes the state with the highest state minimum wage.

Massachusetts has increased the minimum wage to $11, the highest state minimum wage in the nation.

Lawmakers gave final approval on Thursday to legislation that is set to gradually raise the minimum to $11 an hour by 2017, up from $8 today, CNN Money reported.

Governor Deval Patrick is expected to sign it into law soon.

While Massachusetts now leads with the highest state minimum wage, the city of Seattle, which recently approved an increase to $15 an hour, still will offer the highest minimum anywhere in the country.

The Massachusetts bill also raised the subminimum base wage for tipped workers to $3.75 from $2.63 currently, which many advocates say is not high enough.

On the federal level, Senate Democrats have put forth a proposal to raise the federal minimum to $10.10 an hour, up from $7.25 currently, but even if it passes the Senate, it faces an uphill battle in the House.




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