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R.I. officials discuss need for an increase of minimum wage

February 27, 2014

Congressmen David Cicilline, left, and James Langevin, right, recently took part in a roundtable discussion with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, center, regarding the idea of increasing the minimum wage.

PROVIDENCE - With legislation to increase the federal minimum wage pending in Congress, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressmen Jim Langevin and David Cicilline hosted a roundtable discussion to hear from working Rhode Islanders, the business community, advocates, and economists on the need to raise the minimum wage. The lawmakers held the event at the Community Action Partnership of Providence recently.

Whitehouse is a cosponsor of the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which is expected to get a vote in the Senate in coming weeks. Both Langevin and Cicilline are consponsors of the companion bill in the House. The legislation would gradually increase the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, and then index it to inflation.

For the rest of this story and more local news, pick up a copy of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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