Legislative Input on Future Wage Increases

Messrs. Tarr and Ross moved that the bill be amended by striking Section 4 in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following Section:-

“SECTION 4. Said section 1 of said chapter 151, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby further amended by inserting after the second sentence the following 2 sentences:- The minimum wage rate shall be increased annually by the percentage increase, if any, of the consumer price index as calculated for the northeast region for all urban consumers, as published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor, for the previous 12 month period and rounded up to the nearest 5 cents, subject to the review and approval of the general court. The adjusted minimum wage shall be calculated and announced by the commissioner by April 1 of each year, through a written communication to the Clerks of the Senate and the House and the chairs of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. If the general court fails to take action within 90 days of the commissioner’s announcement, the adjusted minimum wage shall become effective as the new minimum wage on July 1 of each year.”