The Value of the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts
Over the past forty years the value of the minimum wage has been eroded by inflation. In 1968, the Massachusetts minimum wage was worth $10.72 (adjusted for inflation). Today, it is $8.00.
A strong economy is one that works for everyone, including young and experienced workers, children and families, lower-wage and high-wage earners. While the Massachusetts economy has been growing and the median income has inched upward, the statewide poverty rate remains stubbornly high.
One of the most important things we do through our government is help children grow and thrive. Our new Children's Budget provides information about the many programs in the Massachusetts state budget which affect children.
MassBudget's Jobs & Workforce Budget looks at the various ways we support workforce training through the Massachusetts state budget. Along with full descriptions of the various state-supported programs in Massachusetts, you'll find long-term funding histories and new funding proposals.