Gov. signs bill increasing minimum wage

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has signed legislation to raise Rhode Island’s minimum wage.

The Democratic governor says she’s proud to raise the state’s minimum hourly rate from $9 to $9.60 on Jan. 1.

She plans to mark the change in a signing ceremony soon.

Both legislative chambers approved the raise.

Lawmakers initially considered raising the rate to $10.10. Raimondo supported that increase.

Organizations representing small businesses, the hospitality and food industries and others said they couldn’t afford it.

Leaders of both chambers agreed to amend the proposals.

Warwick Democrats Sen. Erin Lynch and Rep. David Bennett sponsored the bills. They also led past efforts to increase the minimum wage.

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