PORTLAND – The city council voted to increase the city’s minimum wage but it doesn’t apply to everyone.
Right now, Portland’s current minimum wage is $7.50. It will go up to $10.10 starting January 1st. Speaking at a re-election event Mayor Michael Brennan says this will be good for the city.
“By increasing minimum wage– we’re allowing people as we move forward with the city we’re making sure no one falls behind.” Mayor Michael Brennan, (D) Portland
Tipped workers will be excluded. Their wage will stay at $3.75an hour. When the city first voted on the change in July the wage for tipped workers was increased as well to $6.35 an hour plus tips.
But Portland’s city council said that was a mistake and voted to reverse that and leave the tipped workers wage the same. For those getting the minimum wage increase they’ll receive another raise in 2017 to $10.68 an hour.
Following that– minimum wage will go up based on inflation.