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January 14, 2014

Coakley faults GOP's Baker on minimum wage

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Coakley said lawmakers should approve the higher minimum wage and “not hold it up by tying it to other proposals.”

The minimum wage could be a high-profile issue in the governor’s race — if lawmakers don’t act first.

The state Senate has already approved an increase in the minimum wage from $8 to $11 over three years, automatically tying future raises to inflation. The House hasn’t taken up the measure.

Adding to the pressure is a campaign by a labor-backed group to put a question on the 2014 ballot that would raise the wage from $8 to $10.50 per hour over two years and link automatic future increases to the rate of inflation.

Coakley is one of five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for governor, most of whom have also endorsed a higher minimum wage.

They include state Treasurer Steve Grossman, Newton pediatrician Don Berwick, former federal Homeland Security official Juliette Kayyem, and former Wellesley Selectman Joseph Avellone.

Shrewsbury business owner Mark Fisher is challenging Baker for the Republican nomination.

There are also two independent candidates for governor — Jeffrey McCormick, the founder of the venture capital investment firm Saturn Partners, and Newton resident Evan Falchuk, who’s running under the United Independent Party label.

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