Boston (November 14, 2013) – NFIB State Director Bill Vernon issued the following statement this afternoon in response to Senate President Murray’s announcement that he would bring to the floor next week a bill to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour and increase the rate every year tied to inflation:
“This would cause permanent and irrevocable damage to the small business sector and virtually guarantee higher unemployment for young and low-skilled workers. The additional costs will ripple through the economy and drive up consumer prices. And it will solidify Massachusetts as a very hostile place for small business investors.
“We are also very deeply disappointed that the Senate President is seeking to rush this measure to the floor outside of the regular committee process in which it can be analyzed and debated for the benefit of the general public.
“I would strongly urge Senate President Murray to reconsider the process and I would also strongly urge members of the Senate to reject the measure. This is a dangerous proposal that will set in motion a series of bad consequences for workers, consumers and the Massachusetts economy.”
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