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Senator says he'll try to tie minimum wage increases to the CPI before vote on another raise

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — A state senator says he'll try again to tie increases in Rhode Island's minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index before the Senate votes on another raise.

Sen. Leonidas Raptakis says his proposal would avoid the annual debate and prevent the raises from becoming a "runaway train."

It has passed the Senate before but not the House. Raptakis' bill this year hasn't gained traction.

The Coventry Democrat says he'll introduce a bill amendment Wednesday before the Senate considers raising the $9 hourly minimum to $9.60 on Jan. 1. The House approved the raise Tuesday.

The amendment would raise the hourly rate to $10 in 2017 and index it in 2018.

Rep. Jared Nunes, another Coventry Democrat, also says the rate should be indexed to give employees and businesses more predictability.

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