The Coastal Packet: LePage wants minimum wage increase leaders in jail - like Trump wants Clinton

Friday, October 14

LePage wants minimum wage increase leaders in jail - like Trump wants Clinton

Bangor Daily News - Blasting a ballot measure that would hike Maine’s minimum wage, Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that two proponents of the increase — Ben Chin and Mike Tipping of the Maine People’s Alliance — “should be thrown in jail for what they’re doing to the elderly.”

Tipping, a Bangor Daily News blogger, has long been a LePage antagonist. Chin, who lost the Lewiston mayoral race to Bob Macdonald last year, works with Tipping for the Maine People’s Alliance, a progressive advocacy group that has clashed often with LePage and is working to pass Question 4, which would increase the minimum wage in Maine to $12 an hour by 2020.

Meanwhile. . . .

Maine Beacon -  Advocates for Maine seniors are backing the minimum wage increase on the ballot this November, and the campaign has launched its first TV ad highlighting the story of one of the many older Mainers who would get a raise if the minimum wage is raised to $12 by 2020.

“After my husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I found myself caring for him and trying to make ends meet with an office job making $7.50 an hour. We lost our house because I couldn’t afford to make repairs,” said Kathy Rondone, whose story is featured in the ad. “I agreed to tell my story on TV because I’m not alone. One in three Mainers over the age of 65 will get a raise if Question 4 passes. I don’t think people realize how many senior citizens often have to keep working after what you might think is retirement age.”

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