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Mass Deal to hike minimum wage to $11 by 2017

BOSTON (AP) -- A deal struck by legislative negotiators would hike the state's current $8-per-hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017, but would not tie future increases to inflation.

The Senate is expected to vote later Thursday on the compromise hammered out by a six-member conference committee that had been trying to reconcile bills passed separately by the House and Senate.

The agreement calls for raising the minimum hourly wage for the state's lowest paid workers to $9 on Jan. 1, to $10 the following year, and to $11 in 2017.

The agreement does not include the Senate-passed proposal to index subsequent increases to the U.S. Consumer Price Index.

The group Raise up Massachusetts called the compromise "a positive step," but said it hadn't decided whether to withdraw its proposed minimum wage ballot question.
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