AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) - There will be a hearing on Tuesday to bump up minimum wage to $11 an hour on Tuesday; another push to raise the state's minimum wage, which has stayed at $8 an hour since 2008.
The minimum wage bump would happen over the next three years. Small businesses would be impacted the most.
Dianne Doherty is the Regional Director for the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network.
Doherty told 22News small businesses can afford it, "If they will look at it as an investment and not an expense. They will reap the benefits because employees will have more loyalty, they will have more longevity and they will be better employees."
22News State House Reporter Christine Lee will cover this hearing; you can see her reports on WWLP.com.