BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- State Senate President Therese Murray announced plans Thursday to introduce legislation that would raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $11 per hour.
According to the Boston Business Journal, the bill would gradually raise minimum wage until it reached $11 by 2016. The state's current minimum wage is $8.
Murray plans to introduce the final version of the bill, which was designed to keep up with inflation, to the Senate next week. If passed, Massachusetts would surpass California to become the state with the highest minimum wage.
Some business owners spoke out against the proposal, saying this legislation would make business operations more expensive in a time when they are looking for help to reduce costs.