Rhode Island House looks to raise minimum wage

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June 15, 2012

Rhode Island

By: George Sousouris

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island: The Rhode Island House of Representatives voted in overwhelming fashion Monday to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.40 to $7.75. The Senate passed the bill last week, meaning that the 60-8 vote in the House represented the first time in five years that the General Assembly has passed such an increase.[1][2]

Democrat Anastasia Williams said, "The smallest increase will help. Young people in my district have to go out and work to support their families. It’s past due. If not now, when?” While Governor Lincoln Chafee (I) hasn't claimed support for the bill yet, several Republicans made their opposition clear. Minority Leader Brian Newberry argued, "People who do not have a job are going to find it that much more difficult. Don’t think that this is just some feel-good legislation.”[1]

If Governor Chafee decides to sign the bill, this increase will take effect in 2013.[2]

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