BANGOR – The wheels are in motion to raise the minimum wage in the city of Bangor.
Tonight, a first reading of the proposal took place.
If approved, the ordinance would increase the minimum wage gradually over the next four years.
In 2016, the minimum wage would increase from $7.50 to $8.25, in 2017, it would increase to nine dollars, and then $9.75 in the year 2019.
Opponents say higher wages will lead to higher costs or job cuts, but City Councilor Joseph Baldacci says Bangor business owners can handle it.
“Bangor is a retail power house, we have $1.2 billion dollars in retail sales in Bangor, more than Portland or South Portland, and they can afford I think the extra 75 cents an hour.”
Tonight’s reading was the first step in making the increase happen, now it’s time for the public to weigh in.
A public hearing will be held this Wednesday at 7pm at Bangor city hall.
All are invited to share their opinions on the matter.