Rhode Island Governor: Legislation Raising Minimum Wage

Providence, RI (STL.News) Governor Dan McKee, joined by Lt. Governor Sabina Matos, House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, Representative David A. Bennett and Senator Ana B. Quezada, today signed into law legislation (2021-H 5130A, 2021-S 0001aa) which raises the minimum wage in Rhode Island from $11.50 to $15 over the next four years.

“Raising the minimum wage will benefit thousands of working Rhode Islanders and families across our state,” said Governor Dan McKee. “This boost in wages will go back into our local economy, supporting small businesses and our communities.  I commend Representative Bennett, Senator Quezada and all the advocates who worked hard to get this bill across the finish line.  This is an important step in the effort to help lift Rhode Island families out of poverty and support many of our essential workers who put themselves at risk to keep our state running during the pandemic.”

The bill will increase the minimum wage from $11.50 to:  $12.25 on January 1, 2022;  $13 on January 1, 2023;  $14 on January 1, 2024 and $15 on January 1, 2025.

“Rhode Islanders deserve a living wage, and this legislation will help get us there,” said Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos. 

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