State Report: Min. Wage Increase, Fundraisers, Mayoral Endorsement
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase
Beginning on New Year’s Day, 9,000 Rhode Islanders will receive an automatic pay raise as the state increase its minimum wage from $7.75 to $8 an hour.
The pay hike puts Rhode Island Rhode Island on par with neighboring Massachusetts, but behind other New England states like Connecticut, whose minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.70 on New Year’s Day and Vermont, who will be increasing its minimum wage to $8.73. New Hampshire’s $7.25 an hour minimum wage is the lowest in New England and is one of 31 states where the federal minimum wage prevails.
It’s the second straight annual increase in Rhode Island. Last year, the state’s minimum wage rose 35 cents to $7.75. It marked the first time the wage had been increased since 2007.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, the wage increase will benefit 9,000 workers who currently make under $8 per hour, as well as another 14,000 low-wage earners, who are expected to see their hourly wage rise as pay scales are automatically adjusted upward to reflect the new minimum wage.
Twelve other states will increase their minimum wage on January 1. Here is the list of all the increases that will go into effect next week:
- Arizona: $7.80 to $7.90
- Colorado: $7.78 to $8.00
- Connecticut: $8.25 to $8.70
- Florida: $7.79 to $7.93
- Missouri: $7.35 to $7.50
- Montana: $7.80 to $7.90
- New Jersey: $7.25 to $8.25
- New York: $7.25 to $8.00
- Ohio: $7.85 to $7.95
- Oregon: $8.95 to $9.10
- Rhode Island: $7.75 to $8.00
- Vermont: $8.60 to $8.73
- Washington State: $9.19 to $9.32
Additionally, several cities and counties are set to increase their minimum wage—including SeaTac, Washington, who approved a $15 minimum wage floor for its 6,000 airport workers. The measure is currently being challenged in court. Here's the full list:
- San Francisco, Calif.: $10.55 to $10.74
- San Jose, Calif.: $10.00 to $10.15
SeaTac, Wash.: $9.19 to $15.00
RI State Report: More News of the Week - 12/28/13
Providence City Council President and mayoral contender Michael Solomon received an endorsement earlier this week from City Council Majority Leader Seth Yurdin.
Here's Yurdin's endorsement:
"Join me in supporting Michael Solomon as Providence's next mayor. As Council President he has led the city through an unprecedented fiscal crisis. Council President Solomon has supported important council initiatives- open and transparent city government, environmental sustainability, marriage equality - and many more. He knows how to get things done and will keep Providence moving forward!"
Yurdin represents Ward One, which includes Fox Point and parts of College Hill, and Wayland Square. He was first elected in 2006.
A reception in support of State Representative Candidate Michael Morin will be held on Thursday, January 9th from 6pm - 9pm at Ciro's Tavern in Woonsocket. Morin is running for Woonsocket's District 49 seat, which was vacated by the City's new mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt. Suggested contributions are $25, $50 and $100.
Morin, who is a captain on the Woonsocket Fire Department and president of IAFF Local 732, previously ran for the seat in 2012, but lost to Baldelli-Hunt.
Morin will face off against Mark L. Chenot and Douglas T. Brown in the special election primary on Jan. 21.
Doreen Costa has announced she will hold her first fundraiser of 2014 on Saturday, February 1st at 1pm at the Sonoma Bistro and Wine Bar in North Kingstown.
The event will features an “Everything Chocolate” theme and includes Chocolate Cake, Truffles, Brownies, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, and Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. Suggested donation is 30.00 per person.
Costa has represented District 31 in the Rhode Island House of Representatives since being elected in November 2010. She currently serves as deputy minority whip. Costa is also the finance director of the RIGOP.
Tax Collection Services
The tax collection advisory committee of the Joint Municipal Shared Services Study Commission will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014.
It will be the fifth in a series of meetings to discuss the feasibility of sharing municipal services within and between cities and towns as it relates to tax collection activities.
The meeting will include a presentation entitled "Alternatives to Current Local Tax Collection Activities" given by David Sullivan, Tax Administrator from the RI Division of Taxation.
The commission consists of residents, local officials and business owners from around Rhode Island. It was formed to look at ways in which cities and towns can increase efficiency and save money.
Public Safety Services
The commission, which was formed to identify ways in which cities can improve efficiency and save money, consist of residents, local officials and business owners from around Rhode Island.
Cicilline Press Event
Congressman David N. Cicilline (D-RI) will hold a press conference regarding the expiration of unemployment benefits today at 1pm at his office on 1070 Main Street, Suite 300, Pawtucket. The expiration of unemployment benefits, which is set to occue on Jan. 1, would impact 4,900 Rhode Islanders immediately and 21,700 state-wide by the end of 2014.
Cicilline will highlight the importance of these benefits, discuss some intended actions, and allow several constituents who have been receiving unemployment insurance to tell their stories. Cicilline will be available for questions following his remarks.
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