January 4, 2017

Business lobby warns against ‘emotionally appealing’ $15 per hour minimum wage

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Raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would increase costs for about 70 percent of Massachusetts businesses, forcing some to hold off on hiring or consider moving elsewhere, two surveys conducted by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts found.

The minimum wage in Massachusetts rose one dollar to $11 an hour on Jan. 1, and low-wage workers operating in a low unemployment environment are poised to press for passage in 2017 of legislation boosting the wage floor to $15 an hour.

Conducted last month, the surveys of businesses found that 13 percent of companies employed workers at the former minimum wage of $10 an hour and another 24 percent pay employees between $10 and $15 an hour.

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