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DOWN TO BUSINESS: The House Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Human Services holds a meeting at the Statehouse in December to get an update on overspending at the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families, and the R.I. Office of Veterans Services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Budget deficit, lottery contract, minimum wage among controversial issues facing General...

As Rhode Island lawmakers return for the 2020 legislative session on Jan. 7, some of the most pressing questions they’re expected to face this...

Mass. minimum wage set to increase on New Year’s Day

BOSTON (AP) – Lower-paid workers in Massachusetts are looking forward to a small hike in the state's minimum wage, but not all businesses are...
THE PROPOSED IGT CONTRACT extension to run the Rhode Island lottery would allow the company to count qualifying contractors as full time equivalent employees. Currently, the contract does not count contractors.

IGT, governor contest depiction of proposed contract

PROVIDENCE – In response to continuing questions surrounding the proposed extension of International Game Technology PLC’s contract with the state to supply technology and...

Opinion: Legislative inaction on wages hurts R.I. workers, businesses

Despite solid proposals to raise the state’s lowest wage, Rhode Island’s state budget looks set to take effect without even a modest increase. Gov....
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Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sets her sights in her final term on ‘job training and education.’ Will there be money to pay for it? Every...

Businesses seek study of minimum wage hike

Rhode Island again is considering an increase in the minimum wage to stay competitive with surrounding states, including Massachusetts. Among New England states, only Connecticut...
JOB KILLER? Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a call by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to raise the state's minimum wage in 2020 to $11.10 per hour. Many businesses feel that it will lead to less hiring if it is put in place. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

Should the General Assembly follow Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s lead and...

After going up for a second consecutive year to $10.50 per hour at the beginning of 2019, there is talk about adding another 60...

Providence lawmakers call for $15 minimum wage for city workers

PROVIDENCE – Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would add a provision to the state’s minimum-wage law requiring city employees to be paid a...
GOV. GINA M RAIMONDO will propose a $30 million increase in school funding and expanded job training in a budget she will release later this week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo proposes funding boost for education, job training; expansion of tuition-free...

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo says she will propose a budget this week that boosts support for education and teacher training from pre-school through...
STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Tight labor market demands competitive pay

The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years. For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000...
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