Campaign to kick off in support of bill by
Sen. Murray, Rep. Morin to raise RI Works benefits
STATE HOUSE – The Raising Rhode Island Coalition tomorrow will kick off its campaign in support of legislation to be introduced by Sen. Melissa Murray and Rep. Michael A. Morin to increase the benefits paid to children and families in the Rhode Island Works program.
The event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 3:30 p.m., in the State Library on the second floor of the State House.
In addition to Representative Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) and Senator Murray (D-Dist. 24, Woonsocket, North Smithfield), the event will include Economic Progress Institute Policy Director Linda Katz, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Tonya Harris and a parent with experience in the Rhode Island Works program.
According to the Economic Progress Institute, Rhode Island has not increased the benefit level in Rhode Island Works in nearly 30 years, and the 4,000 families who rely on Rhode Island Works receive an average of $6 per person per day. The legislation aims to lift children and families out of deep poverty and on a path to better opportunities.