Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Initiative (2014)

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A Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Initiative may appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Massachusetts as an initiated state statute. The measure seeks to increase the minimum wage in the state from $8 an hour to $10.50 an hour over two years.[1]


The measure is sponsored by the group Raise Up Massachusetts.[1][2]


Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Massachusetts

Supporters first had to submit the initiative, signed by ten voters, to the Massachusetts Attorney General by August 7, 2013. The attorney general then had to determine whether the measure met the legal requirements for circulation, which it did.[4]

An advertisement in put out by Raise Up Massachusetts supporting the minimum wage and paid sick days initiatives.

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 68,911 valid signatures by November 20, 2013 and submit them to local registrars for certification. Then, these certified petitions were successfully filed with the secretary of state on the December 4, 2013 deadline, after which the secretary of state determined enough valid signatures had been collected.[5]

The Massachusetts General Court now has until May 7, 2014 to either accept or reject the measure or take no action. If no action is taken, the original supporters of the measure must collect an additional 11,485 signatures and submit them to the secretary of state by July 2, 2014.[4][6]

Similar measures

The following measures related to minimum wage increases will or may appear on the general election ballot in November:

See also

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