The Coastal Packet: Portland local businesses support hike in minimum wage

Thursday, October 1

Portland local businesses support hike in minimum wage

Beacon - A membership survey  by Portland Buy Local found that 69% of member business owners support the citizen initiative advanced by Mainers for Fair Wages to increase the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

Only 12% of the 105 respondents to the survey expressed opposition to the proposal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $9 an hour in 2017 and a dollar a year after that until it reaches $12 in 2020, which will likely be on the ballot in November, 2016, while 19% were undecided.

Roughly half of respondents currently pay their hourly employees a starting wage lower than $12 an hour, with 30% paying a starting wage of less than $10.10.

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