Friday, 29 July 2022 13:17

Massachusetts Senate Folds Labor Rate Bill into $4.6B Economic Development Package

Written by Dave LaChance, Repairer Driven News

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Legislation that would force insurers to increase Massachusetts’ lowest-in-the-nation auto body labor rate has been incorporated into the state Senate’s version of a $4.57 billion economic development package, which is currently before a House-Senate conference committee.

Once the majority of the six-member conference committee agrees on the language, the bill, a Senate redraft of H.5034, will only need final legislative approval and the consent of Republican Gov. Charlie Baker to become law.


The legislation would set a minimum hourly labor rate of $55, the first increase in more than three decades in the $40 rate paid by the state’s auto insurers.


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