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R.I. business owner says a minimum wage hike could endanger his...

PAWTUCKET – Bob Wheeler says the potential passage of a minimum wage increase by Rhode Island lawmakers could lead him to make some hard...

Budget office: $15 wage would reduce poverty, increase debt and joblessness

WASHINGTON (AP) – Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour would reduce the number of Americans living in poverty and boost wages for...
NEW LEADERSHIP: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, faces a host of challenging issues this year, including a pandemic-induced deficit estimated at up to $500 million. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s effects will dominate 2021 General Assembly session

The landscape has changed dramatically, literally and figuratively, for state lawmakers for what is shaping up to be among the most consequential General Assembly...

Report: Essential workers continue to struggle to make ends meet

PROVIDENCE – Many of Rhode Island's families were already living from one paycheck to the next prior to the pandemic taking over the economy...

R.I. minimum wage to go up by $1, rising to $11.50

PROVIDENCE (AP) – The Rhode Island minimum wage will increase by $1 this week rising to $11.50 per hour. The pay raise approved earlier this...

Raimondo signs $1-an-hour minimum-wage increase

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on March 10 signed legislation increasing the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour starting Oct. 1. The signing took...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO signed legislation that will increase the state minimum wage to $11.50 starting Oct. 1. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo signs $1-an-hour minimum-wage increase

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo on Tuesday signed legislation increasing the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour starting Oct. 1. The signing took place...
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...
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