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A report by the Worcester Regional Research Bureau found 31 percent of Worcester workers would receive a pay bump if the state's minimum wage were increased to $15 per hour. Another 9 percent would receive raises to preserve a pay hierarchy within their companies.
How would a $15 minimum wage impact your company?
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01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
Low income people should develop skills to make them worth more money. Being rewarded for lack of skill, not speaking English, etc.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
Who would hire a student that is 16 yrs old and his first job for $15. per hour?

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
But, I want to pay them $20, we just can't afford it... yet!

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
None of the above.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
The current minimum wage just doesn't allow people to live any kind of halfway decent life. Not with rents where they are, food prices rising, gas prices high, heating costs, etc. So it needs to be raised, but done over a couple of years would allow companies to prepare for and implement the raise effectively.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
Raising the minimum wage precipitously in an industry that cannot afford it, in this case, restaurants, simply puts all workers at the same pay rate and removes a manager's or owner's ability to reward good work. It's disastrous to any industry with razor thin margins. An across-the-board solution such as this only hurts business, which in the end, hurts everyone. Also, the implication of this change is that businesses are basically not interested in employees' welfare and so must be mandated to take care of employees. Such a villification of business, across the board, is unfair and insulting and does nothing to improve the economy. Things can and are being done to improve the economy, but mandating it isn't going to solve anything.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
Minimum wage should be an entry level or supplemental wage.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
This will impact part time student jobs, teenagers looking for summer jobs, teenage entry level jobs, grocery jobs, and similar non skilled service jobs. Those jobs will disappear and we will be left with a youth workforce that doesn't know how to work at a job.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
the cost of living here in MA is outrageous, we have to have a wage hike in order for people to be able to purchase groceries AND pay the rent.

01/31/18 AT 12:58 PM
No one makes more money with a minimum wage increase accept for the government in taxes. The price of goods and services will rise, jobs will be lost. This is a political ploy for votes for those who push it. There is a 0 net gain for those workers who would see the wage increase.
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