About the Campaign

It's time to raise the minimum wage.

Maine’s minimum wage of $7.50 an hour ($15,600 a year for a full-time job) is not enough to live on, much less raise a family or plan for the future. That’s why the Maine People's Alliance, Maine Small Business Coalition and Maine AFL-CIO are launching a citizens initiative to put an increase in the minimum wage on the 2016 ballot.

The initiative would:

    • Increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour in 2017 and then by $1 a year until it reaches $12 by 2020.
    • After 2020, the minimum wage would increase at the same rate as the cost of living.
    • The subminimum wage for tipped workers (currently $3.75 an hour) would be increased to $5 an hour in 2017 and then raised incrementally until it matches the minimum wage for all other workers by 2024.

Raising the minimum wage will directly help more than 130,000 Mainers, boost Maine’s economy and benefit local communities and small businesses. It’s the right thing to do. Maine people have waited long enough.

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