Right now, Beacon Hill is considering legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2015. Doing so would inject $720 million more a year into the Massachusetts economy and provide greater stability and security to the Commonwealth’s low-wage workers, many of whom are struggling to support their families.
Today, our minimum wage stands at $8 an hour — and it hasn’t been increased since 2008 — five full years. A recent report showed that Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Massachusetts requires an annual income of nearly $50,000 — the combined salary of three minimum wage earners. The current minimum wage hurts Massachusetts families.
Unfortunately, legislators are too often convinced by the specious argument that raising the minimum wage is “bad for business,” when exactly the opposite is true. Industries and corporations that rely on low-wage labor have armies of well-paid lobbyists on Beacon Hill. Low-wage earners do not. But with your voice, we can counteract their deliberate misinformation.