Last year I declined our legislative cost-of-living-adjustment and made a promise that I will not take a raise in my legislative salary until Rhode Island raises the minimum wage for all low-income workers.
The House included a minimum wage increase in the budget we passed, but because of the current legislative standoff, it is not yet law. That is one more reason I believe it is our responsibility as legislators to return this summer and do our job.
Like last year, I will not take a raise while so many Rhode Island families have their own raise waiting in limbo. It is past time for our state to declare that no Rhode Islander who works full-time should live in poverty. Our current minimum wage is a starvation wage, which is why I support the Fight for $15, and why I will continue working to increase our minimum wage and refuse future salary increases until we are at least on par with our neighbors here in New England.