Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed into a law Thursday an increase in the state’s hourly minimum wage, from $8 to $11 an hour by 2017, including new baselines for tipped workers. The $11 benchmark puts Massachusetts on course to have the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. “Raising the minimum is about bringing a little relief to the working poor, many of whom do jobs we could not live without and who, by the way, will ...

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