- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo is proposing to raise Rhode Island’s minimum wage to $10.10 and expand the state’s contribution to the federal earned income tax credit.

The Democrat announced the proposals Friday during an event to raise awareness of the refundable tax credit, which benefits people and families with low to moderate incomes.

Raimondo will include the proposals in her annual budget plan she delivers to the General Assembly on Tuesday.

The state’s minimum wage rose to $9.60 this month.

Her tax proposal would expand the state’s contribution to 15 percent of the federal credit, up from 12.5 percent.

She was joined by two Democratic lawmakers who are each introducing bills to raise it to 20 percent.

Raimondo says she hopes to support a higher amount if revenue projections improve.


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