The Massachusetts legislature has approved a bill that would increase the Massachusetts minimum wage incrementally over the next three years to one of the highest in the country. The current $8.00 per hour rate would initially increase to $9.00 on January 1, 2015. It would then rise to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2016 before finally reaching $11.00 per hour on January 1, 2017. The legislation would also gradually increase the minimum wage for tipped employees from $2.63 per hour to $3.75 per hour over the next three years.
The bill has been sent to Governor Deval Patrick and he is expected to sign it in the near future.