A bill that would raise the state's $8 per hour minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2017 could soon be law.
The House of Representatives is expected to approve the compromise measure on Wednesday. It was passed by the Senate on a 35-4 vote last week.
The bill does not include automatic adjustments in the minimum wage for inflation, as the Senate had called for in an earlier version.
A group that has been pushing for a ballot question on the minimum wage faces a deadline Wednesday for submitting additional city and town clerks around the state. Raise up Massachusetts has not yet decided whether to withdraw the petition, which calls for hiking the minimum wage to $10.50 in two years and indexing future increases to inflation.