Mass. House passes bill raising state minimum wage to $11

Mass. House passes bill raising state minimum wage to $11

Hourly wage would be highest in nation if signed by Governor Deval Patrick

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would raise the state’s $8 hourly minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017.

After brief debate, the House of Representatives approved the measure 124-24, following the Senate vote that approved the hike last week 35-4.

The bill goes back to both chambers for a procedural vote before heading to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s desk. He has signaled he will sign it, according

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