Push for minimum wage hike in Mass.
Labor, social-justice groups seek to boost $8-an-hour wage to $11 by 2016; businesses concerned about impact on teens, low-skill workers
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-- gone to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts state lawmakers heard debate today and a plan to raise that rate for. Eight dollars to eleven dollars by 2016. Proponents call -- economic justice but when local businesses say -- ultimately hurt the workers it's meant to help. Our business that that are now with the Statehouse today and joins us now in -- Peter. Thanks LaToya. And Mike and it is a never ending debate over how much raising the minimum wage. -- employers by less labor creating your jobs but indisputable indisputably has been five years. Since the minimum wage was increased to Massachusetts much less adjusted for inflation. And concerns from employer groups but this time that they may be willing to do a deal on us. I don't have any assistance I don't get to assistance I don't get food assistance. I am working basically to put the gas in my time to get to work selected by the. After her company last -- special needs driving contract Patricia Federico Weymouth Massachusetts has been scraping by on a little over eight dollars an hour working 21 hours a week at a cinema. For her talk of reason the minimum wage is very personal. The immediate reason is that I desperately needs. The eleven dollars an hour they're talking about races eleven of the next three years but I mean the eleven now. -- she's legislators heard huge support Tuesday for what will be the first. Minimum wage increase in five years but also concerns you. You cannot expect to raise the cost of labor and not lose jobs. -- job opportunity. Yes she's eight dollars an hour is already higher than all surrounding states except Vermont and Connecticut. And the -- to raise it to eleven by twenty sixteenths some feared could price teenagers and low skilled workers out of the job market our recruiting those. One at that first experience that first opportunity to get into first place and frankly a lot of -- not getting that opportunity in this day and age that the problems lie is on this right now they're struggling to make ends meet especially outside of Boston. Such Crayton out of me and just make him Carter wouldn't be here which of them from an interest and -- -- people. The US economist Randy elbow that said data prove many of those fears are overblown in. Employers. And employees. Make up for me to increase typically -- hyperactivity. Often western a week. -- and employers and consumers -- the Skylar and business groups may be willing to back some increase if they win concessions like an end to Sunday overtime pay for bigger retail is -- time to repeal the time and Sunday requirement for instance it's time to look at eighteen wage. You know and looks this look at something reasonable. You know that doesn't put us out and a competitive disadvantage with the others in -- region. Felt no word on when the director and -- labor work first woman on Beacon Hill might send out a minimum wage bill for the full house and senate to vote on. -- this script would prefer have this then nationwide by congress that's state by state but obviously can't see. Potential compromise here is this is goal line -- some kind of minimum wage increase if they get say a lower which for teens and he heard -- some other payroll and cost relief items -- -- it clearly a hot issue we'll see how this one develops Peter Howell thank you.