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For Much Of New England, Minimum Wage Going Up In 2019

Dec 26, 2018
Originally published on January 2, 2019 9:16 am

The minimum wage is going up in four of the six New England states next year.

Massachusetts continues to lead the minimum wage race. Affected Bay State workers will get $12 an hour in 2019, up from $11. The tipped minimum wage also increases, but the rate for certain farm workers remains the same, at $8 an hour.

Maine, still abiding by a voter-approved ballot question, will increase its minimum wage to $11, up from $10.

Rhode Island's wage will rise 40 cents to $10.50, and in Vermont, where increases are now somewhat tied to inflation, workers will get a 28-cent bump to $10.78 an hour.

That leaves Connecticut holding steady at $10.10 an hour, the second lowest in New England, though that could change with a new governor taking office and more Democratic control of the legislature.

New Hampshire has no state minimum wage, so it defers to the federal rate, of $7.25 an hour.

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