- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - City councilors in Cranston have voted to establish a minimum wage rate of $12.50 per hour for city employees.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/206ig8z ) the hourly minimum wage will increase in two phases, first to $12 on July 1 and then it will rise to $12.50 on July 1, 2017.

Officials say temporary summer workers and high school students working for the city will not receive the benefit.

Councilman Steven Stycos, who sponsored the ordinance, called it “pathetic” that some Cranston employees are paid $10.10 per hour. Gov. Gina Raimondo recently proposed in her annual state budget to raise the state’s minimum wage for public- and private-sector workers to $10.10.

The ordinance, which passed 5-4, is still susceptible to a veto by Mayor Allan Fung.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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