Ryan L. Fox
Welcome PawSox fans of all ages to WBOB’s PawSox Weekly Notebook, a weekly guide to all what’s happening with the Columbus Avenue Crew (aka, the Pawtucket Red Sox). Already things have gotten underway for the PawSox's 2017 International League season. With that being said, let's take a look to see how the team is faring right now.
State Representative Moira Walsh (District 3, Providence) is sponsoring legislation that would increase the minimum wage for tipped workers by 50 cents a year until it reaches a level that is at least two-thirds of the standard minimum wage, then ensure that it increases proportionately along with the standard minimum wage.
Currently, the minimum wage for tipped employees in Rhode Island is $3.89, while the standard minimum wage is $9.60. When both minimum wages were set in 1956, the tipped minimum was two-thirds the standard, 60 cents and 90 cents, respectively, and the two were tethered so that if the standard minimum increased, so would the tipped minimum.
The RI Department of Labor and Training announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2017 was 4.3 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the February rate. Over the year, the unemployment rate is down one and one-tenth percentage points from the March 2016 rate of 5.4 percent. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2001.
The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.5 percent in March 2017, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month and down half of a percentage point over the year.
Despite lower gas prices, a new AAA study reveals that consumer interest in electric vehicles remains high, with the survey showing that more than 30 million Americans are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. With rising sales, longer ranges and lower costs, AAA predicts a strong future for electric vehicles, and announces the top electric, hybrid and other efficient vehicles in its independent, rigorous test-track evaluation.
“With their lower ownership costs and compatibility with emerging autonomous technologies, electric vehicles are poised to be a key vehicle of the future,” said John Paul, AAA Northeast Senior Manager of Traffic Safety. “Tesla -- a standout in AAA’s evaluations -- has helped widen the appeal of electric vehicles by showing they can be stylish, performance-focused and filled with cutting-edge technology.”
Despite the fact that gas prices are about 40 percent lower than five years ago, AAA found that consumer interest in electric vehicles and hybrids has not waned. In fact, the number of Americans interested in an electric vehicle approaches the number planning to purchase a pickup truck, with the survey showing that 15 percent are likely to buy an electric vehicle for their next car. Millennials are even more accepting of electric vehicles, with nearly one-in-five interested in going electric for their next car.
Tim Davis wasn't a musician, at least not formally. But if you talk to any local musician in Providence, Rhode Island, they knew Tim Davis.
In what can be described as a cannibalistic culture, Tim Davis was one of only a few individuals in the Providence music scene who fought against the tide to bring everyone together. For Tim, it was all about the music. And to Tim, the music was all about community, expression, love, and happiness.
Tim passed away Saturday, far ahead of his time, leaving behind a gaping hole in the community. But, in his absence, we will all fill that hole with the love, care, and vivacity that Tim showed to everyone in his life.
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