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Portland to consider a minimum wage hike

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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 (http://bit.ly/1sQme7G ) 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.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald,

http://www.pressherald.com

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