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Baker Signs 'Grand Bargain' Raising Minimum Wage, Requiring Paid Leave

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill Thursday to increase the minimum wage, require paid leave for workers and mandate an annual August sales tax holiday in Massachusetts.

The so-called "grand bargain" was designed to keep a series of ballot questions off the November ballot, including a proposal to cut the state sales tax from the current 6.25 percent to 5 percent.

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Gov. Baker signed the bill Thursday morning. (WBZ-TV)

The bill lets workers take up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for a sick family member or new baby and up to 20 weeks of paid leave for their own medical needs.

It would also gradually raise the state's minimum wage from $11 to $15 an hour by 2023, while phasing out time-and-a-half pay for Sundays and holidays.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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