PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Portland is considering a plan to raise the city’s minimum wage to $9.50 per hour, two dollars more than the current statewide minimum.
Mayor Michael Brennan said Tuesday the plan he’s developing in conjunction with a city task force could be presented to the City Council for consideration as soon as September, for implementation in January.
Brennan tells the Portland Press Herald that people can’t live on $7.50 an hour.
An increase would make Portland the first Maine city with a minimum wage higher than required by the state or federal government. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.
Under the current proposal, the rate would go up in subsequent years and may be tied to the cost of living.
Some businesses are opposed to a minimum wage hike.
Information from: Portland Press Herald,