For the first time since 2008, state lawmakers are considering increasing the state minimum wage, setting up a showdown between advocates backing low-wage earners and business activists, both of whom feel squeezed.
A public hearing is being held by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Senate President Therese Murray, who has championed higher living wages for low-income families in recent speeches, is expected to testify.
The bill would gradually increase the minimum wage from $8 an hour to $11 by 2015 and then adjust it to inflation. It would also raise the minimum wage for employees who depend on tips to 70 percent, a boost that is drawing fire from the Massachusetts Restaurant Association. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
Material from State House News Service was used in this report. Meghan Irons can be reached at email@example.com.