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Mayor Brennan, City Council raise Portland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour
PORTLAND – The Portland City Council gave final approval this evening to Mayor Michael Brennan’s initiative to raise Portland’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Below is a statement from Mayor Brennan:
“I am pleased that with this vote, Portland will finally raise its minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. This would give Portland the most progressive minimum wage in New England. In order for our city to thrive long-term, our growth must be sustainable and all Portlanders must be able to share in its success. Raising the minimum wage will give all workers currently making less than $10.10 per hour a much needed and deserved raise.
“Issues such as this are difficult, and require strong leaders willing to make tough choices to move the city forward. I am proud of the coalition we have built in support of this initiative, and the support we built on the City Council. I particularly want to thank Councilors Hinck, Marshall, Costa, Duson, Suslovic, and Donoghue for working with us and for voting in favor of final enactment, and all councilors for their hard work during this debate.”
Tonight’s vote results in Portland’s minimum wage being raised to $10.10 per hour on January 1, 2016. One year later it will be increased to $10.68 per hour. From there, it will be indexed for inflation.