Business leaders are expressing concerns about Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, effective in 2016.
Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce said she doesn't oppose the wage hike, but points out it could cause unintended consequences, especially for small businesses.
“Which would be potentially the shrinkage of hours for workers and also the potential that fewer jobs would be created,” said White.
White said there may be ways to mitigate the impact of a higher minimum wage, such as reducing red tape or taking other steps to reduce the cost of doing business in the state.
She and other business leaders say they are sympathetic to the difficulty for workers trying to get by on minimum wage.
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