Minimum wage is expected to rise in the New Year. As of January 1st, minimum wage in Massachusetts will go from $11 to $12 an hour.
This increase is part of a nationwide effort to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. State lawmakers are hoping to achieve that by 2023.
The raise will help the workers in large companies like Amazon and Walmart, but one small business owner said the increase isn’t the best idea.
“You know someone who carries 4 or 5 employees, they might have to lay off an employee. They might have to raise the prices to cover the cost of the raises. So you know, it could be good and bad,” said David Glantz of the Buckeye Brothers Smoke Shop in Springfield.
Brian Specht of Hampden told 22News minimum wage workers deserve this increase, “They work hard just like everybody else. They deserve it, they have families at home and life’s hard. The minimum wage should definitely be up more each year.”
Service workers who accept tips will also see their pay increase to $3.75 an hour. Lawmakers are working to raise that to $6.75 by 2023.
Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour but as more states adopt higher minimum wage rates, the federal government could feel pressure to raise that number.
Massachusetts is one of 13 states who’s minimum wage pay is over $10 an hour.