Massachusetts has a minimum wage of $8/hour. This is fifth highest among states, sixth if you count the District of Columbia. According to the Boston Globe
Five years have elapsed since the minimum wage in Massachusetts increased in January 2008 to $8 an hour, still one of the highest wage floors in the country.
The Legislature has not voted on a minimum wage increase since 2006, when it phased in the increase over two years and overrode a veto by Governor Mitt Romney to do so.
Since then, four states, including Connecticut and Vermont and the District of Columbia have surpassed Massachusetts. Nevada requires employers to pay workers $8.25 an hour if they do not receive health benefits, but if health insurance is provided the minimum wage rate falls to $7.25.
California continues to pay workers a minimum of $8 an hour, and Washington has the highest minimum wage in the country at $9.19. Businesses in Connecticut must pay at least $8.25 an hour, and Vermont workers earn at least $8.60 an hour.
If Congress increases the minimum wage to $9, Massachusetts will automatically go to $9.10. Better, but not a livable wage if you live in Boston, where rents are high.
Even with an increase we will still need the Minimum Wage Awards.
PS. Did you happen to notice who vetoed the Massachusetts Minimum Wage increase?
- Steve Chapman on the Minimum Wage (txwclp.org)
- H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E: 65 Republicans Supported Increasing The Minimum Wage When Bush Was President (elect2care.com)
- The Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 An Hour If It Rose With Productivity Since 1968 (beavercountyblue.org)
- Minimum Wage: Beggaring Workers does not Help Employment (Infographics) | Informed Comment (don-overton.newsvine.com)
- US wages and productivity 1968 – 2012 (minimum, average and The 1%) (rwer.wordpress.com)