As activists ramp up their push to raise the minimum wage again, economists from many of the state’s public and private universities are rallying to the cause, supporting a $15 an hour minimum wage as a way to lift families working at the threshold of poverty.
Ninety economists have signed a letter supporting the gradual lifting of the minimum wage by four dollars over the next four years until it tops out at $15 an hour in 2021.
In a letter delivered to lawmakers, the economists conclude that “raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 will be an effective means of improving overall living standards for low-wage workers and their families and is likely to contribute to a general improvement in economic conditions.”
The professors work on campuses from Amherst to Boston, including the College of the Holy Cross, University of Massachusetts, Boston College, Bentley College, Northeastern University and Smith College.
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