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Minimum wage bill has local votes split

June 23, 2014

WEST WARWICK— After Rhode Island’s minimum wage increased $1 an hour under recently approved legislation in the General Assembly, local town representatives spoke out on their thoughts on the outcome.
Lawmakers voted to approve the minimum wage hike during the House’s approval of the states $8.78 billion budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. It is an increase of $564 million from last year’s approved budget.

District 27 (West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick) Representative Patricia Serpa voted in favor of the minimum wage increase, explaining the influx of older generations working jobs that younger generations are typically doing. It is more than an economic boost for Serpa, more a responsibility to care for older citizens.

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