Chafee signs minimum wage hike


Rhode Island’s lowest earners are set to get a raise.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced Thursday that he has signed legislation increasing the wage from $7.40 to $7.75 an hour.

State labor numbers indicate that about 10,000 people make the minimum wage in the Ocean State.

The state’s General Assembly voted to raise the wage despite concerns from food retailers that the pay increase would lead to an increase in prices.

The increase will go into effect at the beginning of 2013. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Since Rhode Island last raised the wage five years ago, Massachusetts has upped its minimum wage to $8 and Connecticut has gone to $8.25.

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