$15 minimum wage would...

$15 minimum wage would have significant Worcester impact

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WORCESTER – Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would have a significant impact on Worcester, directly changing the pay of nearly one-third of all local wage earners, according to a local research organization.

Businesses that employ workers would have to adjust their payrolls, and the city’s municipal and school operations could face an additional $750,000 in combined work force expenses, The Research Bureau said.

The result could be a boon to the local economy – or a loss of jobs, the bureau said in the new report, “Minimizing Risk – The Implications of a $15 Minimum Wage for Worcester.”

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