Rhode Island Democrat Lawmaker Proposes $20 An Hour Minimum Wage

  • Ciccone leads  the Rhode Island Senate’s Committee on Labor.
  • The measure was submitted Jan. 18 but the committee has yet to set a hearing date.
  • But Ciccone, who also has worked as a consultant for Local Union 808, has previously advocated for an assortment of labor-related issues in his more than two decades in state government. That includes prior attempts to boost the minimum wage.
  • There have been ongoing calls to increase Rhode Island’s minimum wage. Advocates have pointed to a number of reasons behind the maneuver, including the high cost of living within the state and competition with nearby states – most notably, Massachusetts.
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