By Bob Plain on September 12, 2017
Not all news stories are created equally, and not all political interest groups get equal treatment in the Providence Journal. For example, the ProJo covered both the National Educational Association of Rhode Island and the Center for Freedom and Prosperity when the teachers’ union and the anti-tax activists each launched television advertisements. But for some […]
By Aaron Regunberg on July 8, 2017
Like last year, I will not take a raise while so many Rhode Island families have their own raise waiting in limbo.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 1, 2017
RI JWJ is calling out Price Rite for its low wages & on-call scheduling practices. RI JWJ maintains that Price Rite reserves “better” produce for suburban stores and sends lower quality produce to urban locations.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Providence, Video | Tagged collective bargaining, Good Food & Good Jobs Coalition, Joe Colalillo, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, on-call scheduling, Price Rite, RI Jobs with Justice, RIJWJ | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 20, 2017
In response to criticisms of the research cited in a recent piece on minimum wage, I reached out to the economists who conducted the research.
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By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2017
“You pass this law [increasing the minimum wage], there are going to be dirtier restaurants,” said restaurant broker Scott Sogard, “I hope you increase the budget for the health department.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
RIPEC’s executive director John Simmons pulls out every bad economic argument he can in opposition to raising the minimum wage in Rhode Island despite acknowledging that the proposed increase is ‘relatively modest.’
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 19, 2017
Under this act an employer could choose to pay an adult $9.60 or could get a kid to do the same work for $7.20.
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Minimum Wage, Rhode Island, State House, Youth | Tagged Jeanine Calkin, Mark Cote, minimum wage, opportunity wage, Ryan William Pearson | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 17, 2017
The undersigned members of the Rhode Island Business Coalition wish to express our opposition to Article 20 (Relating to Minimum Wages) of the Governor’s FY 2018 budget proposal.
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By Douglas Hall PhD on February 13, 2017
Even with modest increases in the minimum wage over the previous four years, the Rhode Island minimum wage is just $0.93/hour higher today than it was seventeen years ago, after adjusting for inflation.
By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
“Because of the impact of inflation,” said Hall, “any year in which we do not increase the minimum wage, we are effectively giving our lowest paid workers in this state a wage cut.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bureau of Labor Statistics, Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, EPI, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hobs with Justice | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on February 5, 2017
Everything you need to know to effectively testify in favor of increasing the minimum wage at the State House this week.
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By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
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By Juan Espinoza on December 14, 2016
In order to improve the economic well-being of Rhode Islanders, the Economic Progress Institute recommends the following: ensure health coverage remains affordable for Rhode Islanders; increase both the Rhode Island Earned Income Tax Credit and the minimum wage; and expand access to subsidized child care assistance.
Posted in Economics, Featured, Inequality, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, minimum wage, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Standard of Need, RISN, RIte Care | Leave a response
By Unite Here Local 26 on November 7, 2016
Marcia Ranglin-Vassell has made the $15 minimum wage a priority in her campaign. In sharp contrast her write-in opponent blocked Providence hotel workers from earning a minimum of $15.
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
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By Aaron Regunberg on July 6, 2016
Today I declined a cost of living adjustment increase to my legislative salary, and committed that I will not take a raise until Rhode Island raises the minimum wage for all low-income workers.
By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said that though he “is very supportive of raising the minimum wage,” and that Rhode Island “needs to be competitive” with our neighboring states, he has, “heard from the business community” that they need time to absorb the current wage before increasing it again.
By Economic Policy Institute on March 11, 2016
“Real wage growth in 2015 is welcome news, since it means workers’ standards of living increased. However, this comes with two large caveats. First, wage inequality showed no sign of slowing down last year. And, meanwhile, relying on falling inflation is an unwanted and unsustainable strategy for increasing living standards.”
Increasing Rhode Island’s minimum wage and expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) boosts the economy, helps thousands of Ocean State families
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 10, 2016
Research shows that coupling an EITC increase with an increase in the minimum wage has a greater impact on reducing poverty than either does on its own. This finding contradicts those who point to one approach as superior to the other in helping low-wage workers make ends meet. Both, together, have maximum beneficial impact.
By Economic Policy Institute on February 8, 2016
Raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would reduce public assistance spending by $17 billion…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Economic Policy institute, EPI, minimum wage | 2 Responses