A minimum wage increased passed on Wednesday for Massachusetts. Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro
Massachusetts workers making minimum wage will have a little more cash in their pockets soon.
The Massachusetts House has approved a bill that would increase the state’s hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years, the Associated Press reports.
The legislation, which passed through on a 123-24 vote, won't just help Massachusetts residents make a few more bucks. It will also change the state’s unemployment insurance system, and will provide new work standards for domestic workers like nannies and housekeepers.
The bill includes a requirement that the minimum wage in Massachusetts must always be at least 40 cents higher that the federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour. Currently, the Massachusetts minimum wage must always be at least 10 cents higher than the federal wage.
The last time minimum wage was increased in the state of Massachusetts was 2008.