For the second straight year, the Rhode Island state senate has passed a new increase in the state minimum wage that could take effect on October 1, 2020 – just over one month before Election Day. The proposal, which increases the current state minimum of $10.50 per hour to $11.50 per hour, must still pass the House, where a similar bill died last year. The current version is a compromise of sorts amongst wage increase advocates. Originally, it called for a series of incremental increases leading to a $15/hour wage in 2028, while another proposal, which the committee ultimately tabled, would have increased the state minimum to $15 an hour by 2024, again through a number over incremental increases. In this election year however, house leadership has indicated some openness to a new wage hike.