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Massachusetts Voters Back $20 Hourly Minimum Wage, Poll Shows

March 15, 2023

Should Massachusetts raise the minimum wage?

Most Bay Staters think so, according to a new poll.

Fifty-nine percent of Bay State voters support raising the minimum wage to $20 an hour, while 33 percent oppose the idea, according to a The Change Research poll conducted for Northwind Strategies released this week.

Massachusetts currently has a $ 15-an-hour minimum wage. Then-governor Charlie Baker signed the minimum wage increase and paid family leave into law in June 2018 as part of the so-called Grand Bargain. In exchange, Baker got a permanent sales tax holiday weekend in August.

Unlike the Massachusetts minimum wage, the federal minimum wage remains unchanged, as it has for the past 14 years. It has been at $7.25 an hour since 2009; but the federal level does not apply in Massachusetts.


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