Rhode Island lawmakers are considering raising the state's minimum wage again.
Rep. David Bennett has introduced a bill to raise the hourly minimum by $1.10 to $10.10 per hour. The increase would go into effect Jan. 1.
The Warwick Democrat successfully lobbied last year to raise the wage by $1 to $9 per hour. The higher wage went into effect at the start of this year and put Rhode Island on par with Massachusetts.
Gov. Gina Raimondo has said she favors a higher minimum wage.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training estimates that 45,000 of the state's residents — or about 8 percent of the labor force — earn $9 an hour.
Bennett said it's hard for people to live on $9 per hour. He said if workers made more, they would spend more locally and stimulate the economy.