Election Day 2016 is just three weeks away and we've been taking a closer look at the five citizen initiative questions and one bond question that Mainers will be voting on. Today we take a closer look at Maine Ballot Question 4 'Maine Minimum Wage Increase' question.
Maine election officials yesterday (Feb. 16) determined that a petition to increase the state's minimum wage is valid. The petition proposes raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour in 2017 and by $1 per hour each year after that until it's $12 per hour in 2020.
There are many topics that won't go away in the realm of politics and raising the minimum wage is one. The question iswhether to, how to or to how much we should raise the minimum wage is constant. Now, voters may have their say in 2016.
Raising minimum wage looks to be a big subject right now, I just wrote about Massachusetts sending a bill through the State House with an attempt to get it to $11 dollars an hour and now New York City fast food worker are walking off the jobs saying that they want $15 an hour as a minimum wage.
Massachusetts Senate has approved a minimum wage hike. Over the next three years it will go from $8 an hour to $11 an hour. Maine minimum wage is now, $7.50 an hour. Weird to think minimum wage was $3.55 an hour when I was 16 back in 1988.
Maine legislators are discussing bumping the minimum wage up from $7.50 an hour to $8.50 an hour. If the bill passes, the dollar increase or raise would go in effect on October 1, 2013 and would adjust starting in October 2014 for inflation and other living increases.