Legislation will gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 over four years
PROVIDENCE, RI – Legislation sponsored by Rep. David A. Bennett and Sen. Ana B. Quezada to raise the minimum wage in Rhode Island from $11.50 to $15 over the next four years was signed into law by Gov. Dan McKee today, two days after passage by the General Assembly.
Flanked by the sponsors, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos and many legislators, Governor McKee signed the bill (2021-H 5130A, 2021-S 0001aa) in a ceremony outside the State House this morning.
“Raising the minimum wage lifts people out of poverty, particularly women and people of color who are vastly overrepresented at the bottom of the wage scale,” said Senator Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence). “It will mean fewer children spending hours alone every day because their parents work two or three jobs to pay the rent. It will mean fewer people suffering from homelessness or food insecurity. It will mean more money spent at local stores and businesses, and more reliable income for landlords. Getting individuals and families to a level of income that more closely aligns with today’s cost of living will also ease the demand on public assistance. Raising the minimum wage makes our state a safer, healthier and more prosperous place to live.”
The bill will increase the minimum wage from $11.50 to: