Charlie Baker on Jobs
Raise minimum wage from $8 to $10.50, but not $11/hour
Baker "declined to endorse" raising the state minimum wage to $11 an hour. He called for a smaller increase of $10.50 an hour.
Baker declined to endorse a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11.
Increasing the minimum wage would reduce the number of employees a business can hire and the number of hours it could afford to have employees work, he said. (Sentinel & Enterprise, 1/10/2014)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito are traveling around Massachusetts this week promoting an economic plan that would increase the
state minimum wage but offset that with tax credits for small companies. Part of Baker's plan is raising the minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 an hour. (The Republican, 6/12/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p. 25
, Sep 1, 2014
Lower minimum wage for teens; maybe $7 to $9 instead of $11
Baker has proposed a lower minimum wage for "workers who are at training levels and teenagers"--somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of the minimum wage.
A number of states have special minimum wages for workers who are at training levels and teenagers,
said Baker, a former state budget director and onetime health insurance executive. "It's usually set somewhere between 60 and 80 percent of what the minimum wage is," Baker said, adding that most teenagers are not primary wage earners and that they often
have difficulty finding work. Baker declined to endorse a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage from $8 to $11. Increasing the minimum wage would reduce the number of employees a business can hire and the number of hours it could afford to
have employees work, he said. Baker has said in the past he would be open to increasing the minimum wage as long at it was tied to other measures, such as unemployment insurance reform. (Sentinel & Enterprise, 1/10/2014)
Source: Mass IEPAC: Research Profile on Charlie Baker, p.198
, Sep 1, 2014
Change direction on job losses and tax increases
Governor Patrick has long boasted his record of job creation as rationale for deserving a second term. [But] the state announced yesterday that Massachusetts lost nearly 21,000 jobs in the month of September--the largest loss of jobs in one month in
nearly 20 years. And a further look at the job figures as they compare to the rest of the nation paints another ugly picture for Massachusetts:
"Governor Patrick's record of job losses and tax increases is crystal clear,"
said Charlie Baker. "And given these latest figures it's clear what he will do with another four years--he will raise taxes and Massachusetts will lose jobs. The only way to change the direction of Massachusetts is to change governors."
Source: 2010 gubernatorial campaign website press release
, Oct 22, 2010
- Massachusetts lost 3 times as many jobs during the month of September than all of the other
New England states combined, and New Hampshire actually gained 5,300 jobs.
- During the month of September, only California and New York lost more jobs than Massachusetts.
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