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Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly approves minimum wage increase to $11 an hour
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Posted on 11/22/2013 6:26:09 PM PST by matt04

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 an hour to $11 an hour over three years, giving a boost to nearly 600,000 workers and putting the state on track for the highest such pay in the nation.

The Senate voted 32-7 to approve the increase.

Under the bill, amended during debate, the minimum wage would increase to $9 an hour on July 1, $10 an hour on July 1, 2015, and $11 an hour starting July 1, 2016. The minimum wage in Massachusetts last increased to $8 an hour in January 2008.

In the shadow of a looming 2014 ballot question on the minimum wage, the Senate also voted 31-7 to increase the wage for tipped employees to half the minimum wage. The tipped wage is currently $2.63 per hour.

One supporter, Sen. Mark C. Montigny, a New Bedford Democrat, said the bill might help close the growing gap between the rich and poor.

"Tens of thousands of people are working full time and living below the poverty level," Montigny said. "It is inexcusable."

The bill now moves to the state House of Representatives, which is unlikely to vote on a minimum wage bill until sometime next year.

The bill for the first time would index the state's minimum wage to inflation. Starting in 2016, the minimum wage would rise each year at the same rate as the consumer price index for the Northeast.

Supporters have said the increase is needed because some companies are making strong profits, but lower wage workers are falling behind.

Opponents, including some business leaders, said that an increase would hike costs for businesses and could prompt layoffs.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


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Opponents, including some business leaders, said that an increase would hike costs for businesses and could prompt layoffs.

No s*^%. In a few years they will be wondering why everything costs more and people are laid off or see hours slashed.

1 posted on 11/22/2013 6:26:09 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Look for massive layoffs for minimum wage employees ... stupid, stupid, stupid.


2 posted on 11/22/2013 6:29:18 PM PST by doc1019 (Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened!)
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To: matt04

Probably not so many layoffs. Most likely just never getting jobs to begin with.


3 posted on 11/22/2013 6:32:01 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: matt04

If $11.00 is good, why isn’t $110.00 ten times better. No liberal will answer that.


4 posted on 11/22/2013 6:33:01 PM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: matt04
The bill for the first time would index the state's minimum wage to inflation. Starting in 2016, the minimum wage would rise each year at the same rate as the consumer price index for the Northeast.

Gee, think there will be a sort of symmetry between the Massachusetts unemployment rate and the inflation rate? Come hyperinflation, things will get very entertaining.

This cesspool of a state also recently indexed its gas tax for inflation. I hope to escape someday.
5 posted on 11/22/2013 6:33:19 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: matt04

“The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to raise the state’s minimum wage from $8 an hour to $11 an hour over three years,”

The Massachusetts Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to bar entry level and many other low-skilled workers from employment.


6 posted on 11/22/2013 6:35:22 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: lepton

I am thinking of Wyoming


7 posted on 11/22/2013 6:36:03 PM PST by shineon (.)
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To: lepton

Exactly. So there more likely to vote democratic(as if they did not do so already).


8 posted on 11/22/2013 6:36:36 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: cdcdawg

close the growing gap between the rich and poor, why not 150.00 an hr? so there will be no gap...


9 posted on 11/22/2013 6:36:40 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: doc1019
Look for massive layoffs for minimum wage employees ... stupid, stupid, stupid.

And look for massive wage increases for union labor -- whose contracts are often tied to some multiple of the minimum wage.

Stupid, stupid, stupid. But only if you're trying to improve the state's economy, instead of rewarding a political crony.

10 posted on 11/22/2013 6:37:17 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: LostInBayport
This cesspool of a state also recently indexed its gas tax for inflation.

At least it's cheaper than CT gas prices.

11 posted on 11/22/2013 6:37:59 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Don’t worry. Once they legalize the new 30Million Democrat voters, they will import more Mexicans to work under the table at these jobs. The newly minted Democrats will be on welfare along with the rest of us.


12 posted on 11/22/2013 6:39:05 PM PST by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: matt04

FOOLS!!!


13 posted on 11/22/2013 6:39:39 PM PST by szweig (HYHEY!! (Have You Had Enough Yet))
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To: matt04
One supporter, Sen. Mark C. Montigny, a New Bedford Democrat, said the bill might help close the growing gap between the rich and poor.

"Tens of thousands of people are working full time and living below the poverty level," Montigny said. "It is inexcusable."

No, fool. It means more won't be working full time and will be jobless...with an even wider gap between rich and poor.

14 posted on 11/22/2013 6:40:08 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: matt04

As Rush says every few years: “why 11 dollars an hour?”. “Why not 25 or 30 dollars an hour?”


15 posted on 11/22/2013 6:40:56 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: doc1019

More and more of those jobs will be automated away.


16 posted on 11/22/2013 6:43:57 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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The minimum wage law dates back to 1938.
218 representatives, 51 senators, and 1 president could repeal it.


17 posted on 11/22/2013 6:44:47 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: BerryDingle

“As Rush says every few years: “why 11 dollars an hour?”. “Why not 25 or 30 dollars an hour?””

Has anyone noticed if you go out for breakfast it’s $25+ for two people?
That’s on the cheap side. This inflation that can’t be mentioned is getting really expensive....../S


18 posted on 11/22/2013 6:46:54 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: matt04

The libs continue to shoot themselves in the foot.


19 posted on 11/22/2013 6:49:46 PM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: matt04

liberal cheapskates.


20 posted on 11/22/2013 6:56:47 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Kozak
More and more of those jobs will be automated away.

If this nation survives the oboma administration (though many predict we only have until fall of 2015 before the democrats house of cards collapses the entire global economy), automation will be the wave of the future. Businesses will either finish moving out of the country all together, or automate because they'd have no choice. The cost of minimal labor has already gotten too high to be sustainable.

Margaret Thatcher once said that "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money", and she was soooooo right.

Personally, I like the automated check out at Walmart. I saw one at Home Depot as well. They're very convenient. You don't have to stand behind all those welfare people buying their crap with other peoples money.

21 posted on 11/22/2013 6:57:59 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: 9422WMR

Yes I have. I treated both my grown up kids a few weeks ago in a popular-but economical favorite restaurant and it was still a $35.00 shock. (Old home town).


22 posted on 11/22/2013 6:58:21 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: matt04
said the bill might help close the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Yea, well guess what... the price of things will just keep going higher and higher to compensate, as will the pay for skilled jobs. The "gap between rich and poor" will probably increase as a result.

23 posted on 11/22/2013 6:58:47 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: lepton
Say hello to a three hour wait for a $15 hamburger in undermanned McDonald's all across the state!

Rather than how many million served, the sign will now say, "You want it for $5, make your own damn hamburger!"

24 posted on 11/22/2013 7:09:23 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: massmike

A lot of burger flippers will be fired who just aren’t worth $11 an hour.


25 posted on 11/22/2013 7:09:57 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: concerned about politics

Look for more and more businesses to covert the majority of their checkouts to self checkout. Normally they have one attendant for 4-5 self checkout lanes.


26 posted on 11/22/2013 7:11:37 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

Why not $20 per hour?

Government knows better than the free market place.


27 posted on 11/22/2013 7:13:13 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Jim from C-Town

“Once they legalize the new 30Million Democrat voters, they will import more Mexicans to work under the table at these jobs.”

These increases also push automation; the fact is that there isn’t sufficient work for semi-literate, unreliable people, and as more-qualified watch their unemployment run out this wage will be paid to college grads working low-skill jobs.


28 posted on 11/22/2013 7:13:24 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: matt04

Soon we’ll have to unload the trucks and stock the shelves ourselves if this keeps up!


29 posted on 11/22/2013 7:14:25 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: GeronL
A lot of burger flippers will be fired who just aren’t worth $11 an hour.

There's got to be machines out there that can cook fries and flip burgers for gosh sakes. What is fast food waiting for? How long will people put up with this nonsense? For $11 an hour, they could have those machines paid off in no time.

Any entrepreneurial engineers out there? Here's your chance to be the next Bill gates. $$ ching ching $$!

30 posted on 11/22/2013 7:17:09 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: massmike

“Say hello to a three hour wait for a $15 hamburger in undermanned McDonald’s all across the state!”

A Dollar General opened in my area, and when I visited I was surprised 1) how it wasn’t very cheap - any lower prices seemed to correspong to smaller packages, and 2) how few people work there. Some are young people, none are total dolts, but all seem to do multiple jobs. I don’t like it (and only shop there if I need one or two small things in a hurry) because while they have 3 or 4 checkouts there is usually only one open (you stand on line for a while, even if there aren’t many customers). If it backs up too much they call for another person, who shows up five minutes later because they’re in the middle of stocking shelves or something similar.

It is better than having a vacant property, and I’m sure the employees prefer those jobs to none, but there is no way anyone is raising a family on those wages.


31 posted on 11/22/2013 7:18:47 PM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: matt04
Look for more and more businesses to covert the majority of their checkouts to self checkout. Normally they have one attendant for 4-5 self checkout lanes.

Yeah. Really. Why should businesses put up with this crap?
If they don't like their pay, they can find another job. It's as simple as that. Quit bitching and start looking for something else!

32 posted on 11/22/2013 7:22:26 PM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: matt04

More businesses will simply shut down in MA. Makes much more sense to expand in a business friendly state versus paying a premium for the same labor in states like MA.

Then those unemployed can go on the state and federal teats under the whole state goes belly up.


33 posted on 11/22/2013 7:26:18 PM PST by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the Whitehouse.)
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To: Gabrial

Right now it looks like the House will reject it. But this is the People’s Republic.


34 posted on 11/22/2013 7:28:12 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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a New Bedford Democrat, said the bill might help close the growing gap between the rich and poor.

Finally. Wouldn't want them to be unequal in any way, whatsoever.


35 posted on 11/22/2013 7:30:10 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: okie01

We have a BINGO!
This state is run by Union Pinkie Ring Boyz and the Democrat Ididots who vote in lockstep for benefit and free sh*t.
So many Masssholes so little time… taxpayers are fleeing the State in droves.
It will be the Moonbats v. the illegals v. the feral animals.
Welcome to our nightmare.
How to kill freedom in 300 years!
Way ta go Liberals!


36 posted on 11/22/2013 7:31:21 PM PST by acapesket
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To: matt04

so the criminals in MA just pushed a 40% wage increase to the unions

gee... how convenient


37 posted on 11/22/2013 7:31:39 PM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: matt04

Good. Good. Send those jobs to Virginia.


38 posted on 11/22/2013 7:32:35 PM PST by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: concerned about politics

-— There’s got to be machines out there that can cook fries and flip burgers for gosh sakes. What is fast food waiting for? -—

For it to be cost-effective. The ROI has to be there.


39 posted on 11/22/2013 7:34:10 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: 9422WMR

Oh, yes, many have noticed, and it’s not just going out to eat. My Mom was just complaining yesterday about how much food staples have gone up in the last few years. Me, I almost can’t believe what cars cost, even decent used vehicles, but then between all the gov’t regs* and “cash for clunkers”, what does one expect?

I was reading recently about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and the 9-speed transmission — aparently part of the effort to meet the fuel efficiency standards. I don’t even want to think what a tranny job will cost on a 9 speed transmission.


40 posted on 11/22/2013 7:43:48 PM PST by Paul R. (We are in a break in an Ice Age. A brief break at that...)
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To: matt04; All
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics...which we know tries to make Obama look good...so figure these numbers are even higher in the blue states....

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It will be interesting to see where Taxachusetts ranks after this law passes and takes effect.

Seriously, Democrats constantly double down on dumb.

41 posted on 11/22/2013 7:49:33 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: matt04

This will guarantee that young black males can’t get jobs.


42 posted on 11/22/2013 8:03:07 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: matt04

Well then Businesses in Massachusetts should increase prices to cover the wage increase.

Let citizens see the price increases asap.

On a positive note, surprisingly voters in the Peoples Republic of Memphis rejected a sales tax increase by a win of 60%. The reason- they didn’t trust politicians.


43 posted on 11/22/2013 8:13:01 PM PST by RginTN
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To: matt04

DemoRAT run Taxachsetts ...ONE F’d UP Commonwealth


44 posted on 11/22/2013 8:14:39 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Hopefully they do.


45 posted on 11/22/2013 8:18:01 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

send your jobs to florida please


46 posted on 11/22/2013 8:18:23 PM PST by jjw
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To: concerned about politics

Yeah and the next frontier is the fast food industry. I just wonder
What teens and those with limited intelligence are going to do to get their
Foot on the job ladder...


47 posted on 11/22/2013 8:19:55 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Or their sisters Shaniqkwa and Taniqkwa.....


48 posted on 11/22/2013 8:26:59 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms in Dixie!)
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To: matt04

If $11 is good, why not $12, or $20, or heck lets just go to $50 per hour.


49 posted on 11/22/2013 8:28:02 PM PST by taxcontrol
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To: doc1019

I thought VA was stuck on stupid; she has plenty of company in other commonwealths too.


50 posted on 11/22/2013 8:29:55 PM PST by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs are flirting with Christie, but it's Jebbie's turn!" to LOSE!)
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