Every individual deserves the opportunity to earn a decent living. I have always strived to pass state budgets and legislation that are balanced and aimed at putting more money in the pockets of working families. Here are some of the achievements I am most proud of:
- Under my initiative to phase out the car tax, vehicle owners have more money in their pockets with the reduction each year of this onerous tax. This year, Cranston vehicle owners will save $5 million, and 17,000 cars are no longer taxed at all. In four more years, when the car tax is completely eliminated, Cranston residents will receive direct relief of $21 million each year and 57,000 cars in the city will no longer be taxed.
- The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 per hour on January 1, 2019. This will be an increase of 40 cents per hour, after we established a 50-cent increase on January 1, 2018. This is the sixth time in seven years we have raised the minimum wage.
- We have also raised the minimum wage for tipped employees after hearing from many workers in our state’s thriving service industry.
- A new law went into effect on July 1, 2018 requiring that companies of 18 or more employees provide a minimal amount of paid sick time, and allow similar amounts of unpaid sick time without reprisal for employees at smaller firms.
- Workers at nursing homes and those who care for the developmentally disabled now earn a living wage after we earmarked nearly $20 million in wage increases for them in recent budgets, and this year, we provided more funding for home caregivers’ wages.
- The General Assembly has expanded the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to cover more taxpayers, raising the state’s EITC from 10% to 15% of the Federal EITC. More than 80,000 Rhode Island taxpayers are eligible for the credit.