Minimum Wage Bills – heard Tuesday, Feb 4th in House Committee on Labor:
House Bill No. 7056 BY McLaughlin, Canario, McNamara
House Bill No. 7194 BY Bennett, Hull, Shekarchi, Slater, McNamara
The current RI minimum wage is $8.00 per hour. H7056 would raise the RI minimum wage to $9.00 beginning January 1, 2015. H7194 increases minimum wage to $9 in 2015 and to $10 in 2016 and in subsequent years pegs increases in minimum wage to rate of inflation.
Both the RIFPC Access Working Group and the RIFPC Just Economy Working Group have identified increasing the RI minimum wage as a key issue.
Based on RIFPC retreat conversations about food insecurity in Rhode Island, the growing number of households in RI that are food insecure, the reduction in SNAP benefits and the growing number of people using Food Bank partner sites, the RIFPC Policy Committee states a position that the best way to ensure food security is to provide Rhode Islanders with living wages and good jobs.
RIFPC Testimony 2/4/2014