A new coalition held a Statehouse news conference Thursday to press for an increase in the state’s $2.89 sub-minimum wage. Supporters call this a matter of fairness, since the sub-minimum wage hasn’t changed in 20 years. But the restaurant industry says higher wages would lead to higher food prices.
Rhode Island faces a big financial gap as Governor Gina Raimondo prepares to unveil her first budget Thursday. State law requires a balanced spending plan, and Raimondo has pledged to improve Rhode Island’s economy while wiping out the red ink. But that will be no easy task.
During an appearance Monday at United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 328, Governor Gina Raimondo called on the General Assembly to raise Rhode Island's $9 minimum wage to $10.10, effective in January.
"What we're here today to talk about is a concrete way that we can spark the comeback of Rhode Island and Rhode Island's economy, by putting money in the pockets of hardworking Rhode Islanders," Raimondo said, speaking before a group of union members. "That's what today is about."
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to build a base of skilled workers in order to attract high wage, manufacturing jobs to the state. Raimondo spent the weekend in Washington D.C., at the National Governor’s Association winter meeting. The governor said, as a member of the Association’s Economic Development and Commerce Committee, she got first-hand confirmation of the areas Rhode Island must focus on to attract manufacturing companies to the state.