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Nov 21, 2013

Senator Moore


Statement from Senator Moore regarding Senate action on minimum wage increase legislation

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Posted by: Craig

Statement from Senator Moore regarding Senate action on minimum wage increase legislation

 November 20, 2013

 “I support an increase in the minimum wage. However, I believe the plan approved by the Senate should have been balanced with reforms to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program.

 “During debate on the Senate plan, I did support an amendment for a more modest increase in the Massachusetts minimum wage from the current $8.00 per hour to $8.75 next year, and $9.50 in 2015. This would have kept our area of the state competitive with planned minimum wage increases in neighboring Rhode Island and Connecticut. I believe that would have been a common sense approach to restoring the buying power of the minimum wage which has eroded in recent years. It would have put more money in workers' pockets that would stimulate our economy.

 “I could support a higher minimum wage such as what the Senate approved if it was coupled with reductions in the UI tax and other reforms of our badly managed unemployment compensation system. Based on comments by the Speaker of the House, I expect that this will ultimately be in the final bill when the House takes action in the coming months.”