Massachusetts Catholic bishops call for raising minimum wage
BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) -- Massachusetts’ four Roman Catholic bishops are calling for an increase in the state’s minimum wage.
The bishops in a statement Wednesday said the state’s current minimum of $8 per hour "is insufficient to support and uphold the dignity of individuals and families," and is "hardly enough to pay for basic necessities such as food and rent, let alone support a family."
They did not suggest to what level the minimum should be raised.
The statement was signed by the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Fall River Bishop George Coleman; Worcester Bishop Robert McManus; and Springfield Bishop Timothy McDonnell.
The state Senate has approved a bill to raise the minimum to $11 per hour over three years. House Speaker Robert DeLeo has proposed a raise to $10.50 over three years.
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