PORTLAND – A campaign to raise Maine’s minimum wage kicks off, with organizers hoping for a statewide vote in 2016.
The group called “Mainers for Fair Wages” gathered in Portland for a signature drive. Their plan would raise Maine’s minimum wage to nine dollars an hour by 2017 and then a dollar per year until it reaches 12 dollars an hour by 2020.
Supporters claim it will be good for everyone.
“I feel it’s important for the whole community and i think if people could make a little bit more money, the government would save money by not having to support a lot of programs for people who can’t afford to make their rent. So i think it’s good for everybody, and it’s just the right thing to do also.” Cathy Walsh, Owner, Arabica Coffee
The plan would also raise the minimum wage for “tipped workers”..
Opponents say this plan would raise the cost of doing business in Maine, forcing some businesses to cut jobs.