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There appears to be growing sentiment on Beacon Hill to raise the state's minimum hourly wage from its current $8. The Senate has passed a bill that would gradually raise it to $11 by 2016, while House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the House would entertain a bill that would gradually raise the wage to $10.50 by 2016. It would also reform the state's unemployment insurance system, freezing the rates Massachusetts employers pay to prevent them from paying the highest premiums in the nation. (The Senate has rejected such a freeze.) While DeLeo's plan would not tie future increases in the minimum wage to inflation, the Senate bill includes that provision, matching the sentiment of a coalition of activists that wants to place the issue before voters on the November ballot. So, our Flash Poll question for this week is:
Whose plan to increase the minimum wage would you support?
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