“Unfortunately, the speaker’s proposal falls flat on a number of key provisions, which if not included in the House’s final proposal, will ultimately hurt the thousands of small businesses in our state,” said Jones in the statement.
State Rep. Leah Cole, R-Peabody, said in an interview yesterday she was still sifting information from both sides of the debate.
She she had not decided whether to support the minimum wage hike but had concerns about “adding to the financial burden of small-business owners” when the state’s economy is still struggling to rebound.
“We need to focus on getting more people back to work,” Cole said.
CNHI Statehouse Bureau reporter Christian Wade contributed to this report.
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