Providence Mayor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras announced his plan Thursday to raise the state’s minimum wage over the course of the next four years; should he be elected governor.
At the start of the New Year, Rhode Island’s minimum wage went from $7.75 cents to 8 bucks. Now Taveras wants the state to incrementally raise its minimum wage to ten dollars ten-cents by 2018.
Citing numbers from the Economic Policy Institute Taveras said the increase would directly help some 65,000 Rhode Islanders, and will make the state more competitive with its neighbors.
“I think we’re behind in terms of the region. We’re seeing what’s going on in Massachusetts; we’ve seen what’s going on in Connecticut, and I want to make sure that the minimum wage keeps up with inflation at the very very least,” said Taveras.
Currently Massachusetts and Rhode Island have the same minimum wage at $8 an hour, while Connecticut’s is at $8.25 an hour.
Rhode Island Treasurer and fellow Democratic candidate for Governor Gina Raimondo wants the same $10.10. increase, but says it needs to come quicker, in 2015.
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