The minimum wage next month is increasing in four of the six New England states.
Massachusetts’ 2017 rate of $11 an hour puts it in a tie for top statewide rate in the country, along with Washington state.
Not far behind are Connecticut, with a new rate of $10.10 an hour, and Vermont, at $10.
Rhode Island holds steady in the new year at $9.60, while Maine will see the largest increase in the region. On Jan. 7, its minimum wage will rise $1.50, up to $9 an hour, triggered by a ballot question voters approved in November.