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Proposed legislation would lower minimum wage for teens

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- Teenage workers across Massachusetts may be hit with a pay cut if the state Legislature passes a proposed bill.

A bill up for debate would create a separate, lower minimum wage for teenagers. Currently the minimum wage in Massachusetts is $8 an hour. The proposed legislation would allow businesses to pay teens 25-percent less per hour.

Supporters say they are reluctant to hire teenagers for the same wage as adults because they are less qualified and need more training.

Meanwhile, Senate President Therese Murray has introduced a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $11.

An aide to Murray says the bill would also tie future increases in the minimum wage to inflation and assure that the state's minimum wage is always at least 50 cents higher than the federal rate.

The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on the bill.

The state's minimum wage has been $8 per hour since 2008 and isn't automatically adjusted to inflation. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

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