- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s minimum wage could rise to $10.10 an hour next year under an amended proposal in the state’s General Assembly.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/22heuu5 ) that the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the bill next week.

The minimum wage would be 50 cents higher than the current $9.60 wage but less than the $10.50 sought by lawmakers in their original bill.

The compromise proposal is also in line with the $10.10 suggested by Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in her annual budget plan.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has been non-committal and says it’s not on his agenda to raise the minimum again after four years of consecutive increases.

Connecticut is increasing its minimum wage to $10.10 next year and Massachusetts is increasing it to $11.


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