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Murray focuses on state’s low wages

Continuing to focus on the need to address how much people earn in Massachusetts, state Senate President Therese Murray blamed low wages for increases in government spending on housing, food, and health care.

“When you don’t make a living wage, government and businesses pay taxes that fill in that gap,” Murray told the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield Wednesday afternoon. “So when you say government has grown too large, what you’re getting is government is paying for day care, for subsidized day care, for subsidized meals at school, breakfast, lunch, and dinners, and after-school programs.

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