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Candidates for RI Governor debate minimum wage hike

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Mayor Taveras, visiting a local dress store, in his mission to raise Rhode Island's minimum wage - again.

The Democratic candidate for governor wants a minimum wage of 10–dollars–10 cents per hour, by 2018.

He says it will help 65 thousand people in poverty, and the overall state economy.

"And get Rhode Island back on track. And get more people working overall at wages – not just minimum wage, but higher than minimum wage. We will see that business start to hire again," said Mayor Angel Taveras, (D) Candidate for Governor.

Some business owners hope that means people will spend more.

"If we give our employees more than minimum wage, they'll put it back into the local businesses and that will grow our economy," said Natalie Morello, owner of "Shoppe Pioneer."

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Rhode Island just raised its minimum wage on January 1st, by 25 cents – to $8 dollars per hour."

After Taveras said $10 dollars, 10 cents by 2018 fellow Democratic candidate Gina Raimondo said raise it next year instead.

The third Democrat – Clay Pell - favors an increase, too, but hasn't said by how much.

Republicans disagree, saying a higher minimum wage will lead to job layoffs.

"I think it's a classic Democrat knee–jerk reaction, to fix a broken economy that won't work. Democrats like to view business as the enemy. They believe businesses aren't pricing their jobs fairly," said Ken Block, (R) Candidate for Governor.

Republican Allan Fung also opposes raising the minimum wage for similar reasons.

It's clear this could be a big issue in campaign 2014.

 

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