A bill that would increase Rhode Island's minimum wage is set to go before the House Labor Committee Thursday. The bill would push the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
The increase would start in 2016, and make Rhode Island's minimum wage the highest in New England for that year. If the bill passes and Gov. Gina Raimondo signs it, this will be the third hike to minimum wage in as many years. Gov. Raimondo advocated for such an increase while still on the campaign trail. Critics says a minimum wage hike could hurt small businesses, and put a damper on hiring. That, as the state works to improve one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.
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