Senate committee to vote on proposed minimum wage hike

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island’s lowest paid workers could soon be getting another raise.

The Senate Labor Committee is set to vote Wednesday on legislation that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

If approved, the $1.10 increase would go into effect January 1.

It would mark the fourth wage hike in as many years. The hourly minimum rose 35 cents in 2013 and 25 cents in 2014, and this past January it increased from $8 per hour to $9.

In March, Gov. Gina Raimondo called on lawmakers to raise the minimum wage, saying it would boost the state’s economy “by putting more money in the pockets of families who are then going to spend that money in the economy.”

The federal minimum wage is $7.25.

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg, D-Providence, also introduced legislation earlier this year to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers incrementally over the next four years. The first raise, from $2.89 to $4.50, would go into effect Jan.1, then it would increase annually until it’s comparable to the state’s regular minimum wage in 2020.

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