Portland Mayor pushing for $2 minimum wage increase
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland is considering a plan to raise the minimum wage in the city to $9.50 an hour. Portland's current minimum wage is the same as the state's minimum, $7.50. The federal minimum wage is even less at $7.25.
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan told CBS 13 $7.50 is too little for people to live on in Portland.
"$7.50, even though it is above the federal minimum wage at $7.25, it's certainly very very dfficult if not impossible to live in the city of Portland on $7.50 an hour," said Mayor Brennan.
Paul Trusiani, owner of Paul's Market in Portland says he's always paid his employees more than the minimum wage so the change would not affect him.
"Historically the minimum wage has been low, it's set for the lowest level to live on and $7.50 is not enough to live on," said Trusiani. "They're the ones that work as hard as I do and they're entitled to share on what the business makes."
Mayor Brennan says the proposal will go before the City Council this fall. If passed the increase would take effect January of 2015, and then would continue to increase to reflect the cost of living.