Tuesday, June 11, 2013

House Minority Leader Brad Jones’ Statement on Potential Increase to Massachusetts’ Minimum Wage

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development’s hearing which included consideration of legislation to raise the Commonwealth’s minimum wage:

“As drafted, I am not supportive of the three bills before the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development which attempt to address the state’s minimum wage.

Any discussion pertaining to increasing the minimum wage at which employees in Massachusetts are paid must include, in part, serious consideration of substantial reforms to our unemployment insurance system, as well as due attention to the elimination of the outdated practice of paying retail employees time and a half for work on Sundays.

Until this conversation takes place, I cannot in good faith endorse any of the current proposals.”