BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts House approved a bill Wednesday that would increase the state's hourly minimum wage from $8 to $10.50 over the next two years.
The legislation, which passed on a 123-24 vote, would also overhaul the state's unemployment insurance system and provide basic work standards and protections for nannies and other domestic workers in the state.
The vote was along party lines with most Democrats supporting the bill and most Republicans opposed.
The Massachusetts Senate has already approved separate minimum wage and unemployment insurance bills. The Senate bill would increase the wage to $11 per hour over three years and link automatic future increases to the rate of inflation. The House bill doesn't link the minimum wage to changes in inflation.
The push to raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts comes as President Barack Obama calls for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.