Massachusetts House to debate minimum wage hike

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BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House is planning to debate a bill that would increase the state's hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50.

The legislation would also overhaul the state's unemployment insurance system and include measures to help bolster worker protections for nannies and other domestic employees.

The Senate has already approved separate minimum wage and unemployment insurance bills.

The debate over the minimum wage has become increasingly contentious on Beacon Hill, even though Democratic leaders in both chambers agree the wage should go up.

The Senate bill would increase the wage to $11 per hour over three years and link automatic increases to the rate of inflation.

There's also a ballot question that would increase the wage to $10.50 over two years and also index future increases to inflation.

Massachusetts last increased the wage in 2008.


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