AUGUSTA- Tuesday morning, union members gathered in the state capital’s hall of flags…waving a banner for Maine’s workers.
Union leaders say they want voters to approve a November referendum raising the state’s minimum wage. Right now, the state minimum wage is seven dollars and fifty cents per hour, while Bangor’s legislation raises the local minimum wage to eight dollars and twenty five center per hour next year.
The statewide referendum would increase the minimum wage to nine dollars per hour. Yet, some people believe a smaller increase in the minimum wage benefits would put less financial pressure on small business.
So, you can expect dueling campaigns being waged for each proposal this election season.