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Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Minimum wage to boost western suburbs

REGIONAL

An impending state minimum wage hike will benefit 19,000 low-wage workers in the Framingham/Marlborough area, and about 25,000 workers in other Central Massachusetts communities, according to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. The Boston-based think tank estimates the measure will benefit 315,000 workers statewide.

The state minimum wage is currently $6.75 an hour. By overriding Gov. Mitt Romney's veto of the wage hike, the Legislature has paved the way for a minimum wage of $7.50 an hour Jan. 1, and $8 an hour in 2008.

-- Emily Shartin

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