Fed up with an ever-widening income gap and inspired by recent national strike actions, hundreds of low-wage workers from multiple industries gathered in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield on June 12, 2014 to demonstrate for higher wages and to protest growing wage inequality. Shown are workers marching on Boylston St from Copley Square toward Legal Sea Food in Park Square.
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June 20, 2014

Massachusetts could set a record: The state plans to adopt an $11 minimum wage by 2017. That would give Massachusetts the single highest minimum wage of any state in the country—but not by much. The bill is currently before Gov. Deval Patrick.

A handful of states are looking to hike their minimum wages over the next couple of years. Michigan wants to raise its minimum wage to $9.15 by 2018, while Vermont and Maryland want to raise theirs to $10.50 by then.

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