Party Lines Drawn Over Minimum Wage Increases Between Gubernatorial Candidates

Jan 24, 2014

In the governor's race Republicans are responding to Democratic proposals to raise the state’s minimum wage.

It’s an issue that’s dividing candidates along party lines.

Cranston Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung, along with fellow Republican candidate Ken Block, says now is not the time to raise the state minimum wage. The two Democratic candidates disagree.
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Providence Mayor and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras was the first to give specifics about a plan to hike the minimum wage.

He’s proposing a two-dollar ten cent increase over the next four years; from eight dollars to ten-dollars ten cents by 2018.

Fellow Democratic candidate for governor, and state treasurer Gina Raimondo wants to see the same increase, but by 2015.

Both Republican Candidates for governor, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and Ken Block say now is not the time to raise the minimum wage.

Fung says a wage hike would discourage job creation, in an already struggling economy.

All the statements come on the heels of a new jobs report that show’s Rhode Island unemployment rate ticked up to nine point one percent: one of the country’s highest.