U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, whose 4th District includes Attleboro, announced earlier this month he is co-sponsoring the so-called Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. The bill calls for the federal minimum wage to go up from the current $7.25 ($8 in Massachusetts) to $10.10 over the next three years. It also calls for an increase of the tipped minimum wage and for future annual increases to be tied to the rate of inflation.
"The fact that this country continues to promote a minimum wage that leaves a full-time worker unable to keep his family above the poverty line is unacceptable,” said Kennedy, according to a press release on his website. "This country was built on the promise that hard work pays off; that economic mobility isn't determined by where you're born or what you start with but by the effort you're willing to put in to get ahead. Raising the minimum wage will be a sorely overdue lift to working families in the 4th District and an engine for economic growth across the country."
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