Most Active Stories
- Jim Skeffington, PawSox President & Prominent Lawyer, Has Died
- Biologists Plan To Continue Tracking Beluga Whales In Narragansett Bay
- Scott MacKay Commentary: MacKay's RIC Commencement Speech
- Elorza Says Further Steps Needed to Stabilize Providence's Finances
- Scott MacKay Commentary: Next Move for PawSox Providence Stadium?
Wed May 22, 2013
RI Senate Votes to Hike Minimum Wage to $8
The Rhode Island Senate has approved legislation that hikes the state’s minimum wage to $8 an hour.
When Rhode Island’s minimum wage jumped from to $7.40 to $7.75 on January 1st, it was the first raise the state had given minimum wage workers in five years. Now lawmakers are looking at bumping it up again to $8 an hour.
That would match Massachusetts’ minimum wage but come under Vermont’s at $8.60 an hour.
Sen. Erin Lynch, a democrat from Warwick, calls the higher minimum wage a “fair wage.” Business groups say raising the minimum wage forces businesses owners to refrain from hiring.
The House is considering similar legislation.
If signed into law, the new minimum wage would kick in on January 1st.
Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. firstname.lastname@example.org