Massachusetts nears law to raise minimum wage to $11 by 2017

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BOSTON (AP) -- A bill that would raise Massachusetts’ $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 could soon be law.

The House of Representatives approved a compromise measure on Wednesday on a 124-24 vote after a brief debate. It was passed by the Senate on a 35-4 vote last week.

The bill does not include automatic adjustments in the minimum wage for inflation, as the Senate had called for in an earlier version.

The bill needs a final procedural vote in the Senate before heading to Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk.

Patrick is expected to sign the bill.

A group that has been pushing for a ballot question to raise the minimum wage to $10.50 in two years and link it to inflation said they’ll forge ahead until the bill is signed.


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