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House Speaker: Raise Minimum Wage to $10.50

Bob DeLeo unveiled a proposal Thursday to raise the minimum wage from its current level of $8 an hour.

House Speaker Bob DeLeo. Credit: BobDeLeo.com
House Speaker Bob DeLeo. Credit: BobDeLeo.com
House Speaker Bob DeLeo on Thursday released his plan to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.50 an hour.

DeLeo, a Democrat from Winthrop, detailed his proposal in a speech to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, according to the Associated Press.

The wage hike would be phased in, according to the AP:
  • The minimum wage would jump from $8 an hour to $9 on July 1
  • It would go to $10 in 2015
  • It would rise again to $10.50 in 2016

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. President Obama has supported a plan to raise that figure to $10.10, and other states are considering raising their own minimum wages.

Do you agree with DeLeo's plan? Share your opinion in the comments.

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Tyler Jozefowicz March 22, 2014 at 09:02 PM
full house
Steven Sadowski March 23, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Put up or shut up.
DJ Marshall March 23, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Tyler,...Billy Joel, put it best,..." You Can't Argue with a Crazy Man man man , you outta know by now." That goes for everyone in the GOP. Personally, I would never vote for another Republican again, even if the person made sense,...until they can explain to me how the Republican Party can allow a woman from Ill. to run for Congress, that believes all the Tornadoes in the Mid West are caused by Gay people, when clearly, she should be simply institutionalized. A vote for the GOP is a vote for people like this, as this woman would be right along side the other GOP people voting on issues that effect you and your children's lives. Thank God , the GOP base, is shrinking, but the Republican party has become a frightening thing. Cruz, Rubio, Romney, Ryan, Rand, the Senator from MO, who thinks woman have the ability to turn off/on their becoming pregnant, this woman from Ill.---listen to what any of them say, and one comes to the conclusion, they all need to be institutionalized, for if they allow that woman from Ill to walk among them, that too is what they ARE!!! I hear they're opening up a special building for you at Taunton State Hospital Steven Sadowski , another fine example of the compassion of Deval Patrick.
deb of see-attleboro March 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM
I am not qualified to give a diagnosis. However, DJ's post on March 21 at 7:21am on the "Mass Religious leaders bless minimum wage hike" thread, IMO, indicates something is not quite right with him/her. Unless he/her was accusing a different "Deb" of working for the Republican Party. Because I'M not. I have made a point of not engaging in any form of debate with him/her because "You can't argue with a crazy man" or woman.
Tyler Jozefowicz March 23, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Steven: re.trickle. Getting a little testy here. I avoid making arguments for you. That's your job. Difference: (1) trickle down is a TAX POLICY, tax cuts, marginal and capital gains rates for the wealthy hoping they will invest , trickle down to lower income people through economic growth, SUPPLY SIDE. Nothing has trickled down in 30 years, income inequality worst since 1920s. The rich kept the money,enhanced their portfolios,shipped jobs overseas, profits went up but jobs and middle class suffered. Yachts and 2nd homes don't trickle down. (2) Keynesian stimulus, the opposite , is SPENDING POLICY , concentrates on DEMAND SIDE, boosting spending and employment to invigorate the economy, employer of last resort when the Republicans screw it up, does not rule out tax cuts for the lower income people with higher mpc, fiscal and interest rate stimulus, fed policy, fine tuning until the private sector gets its act together. There is no such thing as " trickle up " economics .You or some followers invented the word to get themselves out of an ideological jam. Use the terminology correctly without twisting or inventing words as a political tactic . I'm sure you'll come back and still claim there is no difference , trickle is trickle, if some claims it trickles down , you can claim it trickles up. Up or down there are two basic and opposite economic theories.

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