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money in politics

Will Maine restaurants divest from Trump and LePage?

Progressive activists are asking local restaurants to cancel their membership with the Maine Restaurant Association, a branch of the National Restaurant Association, following a series of controversial actions by the

Maine State Employees Association

Maine workers, business owners ask Sen. Collins to reject Puzder

Making the case that an opponent of the minimum wage and workplace protections shouldn’t head the U.S. Department of Labor, Maine small business owners and activists for workers’ rights held

fair wages

Restaurant owners and servers fight back against misinformation on Question 4

“As a small business owner, who is in the process of opening a second business early next year, I have been so saddened by the scare tactics that the Maine

money in politics

Maine restaurant owners switch sides, back minimum wage referendum

Maine’s restaurant lobby has for decades been one of the staunchest opponents of raising the minimum wage, but now that resistance seems to be crumbling. This week, the owners of

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Three things your restaurant boss won’t tell you about raising Maine’s minimum wage

The subminimum wage for tipped workers is a shady and often-misunderstood aspect of Maine’s labor laws. Most Mainers don’t realize that workers who receive at least $30 a month in

nutrition

Maine: First in farms and in food insecurity

Maine farmers stepped up to help fight hunger this weekend with a parade from the Augusta Food Bank to the State Capitol. There are just over 8,000 farms in Maine,

small business

Bob’s Clam Hut ad shows how minimum wage increase will boost Maine small businesses

Kittery landmark Bob’s Clam Hut is featured in a new campaign ad just launched by Mainers for Fair Wages. In the 30-second commercial, Bob’s owner Michael Landgarten makes the case

food

House bill threatens school food programs in Maine

A bill in Congress could cut a program Maine has used to dramatically increase the number of students eating breakfast and lunch at school. Community Eligibility lets schools in high-poverty

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Why Van LLoyd’s Bistro supports raising Maine’s minimum wage

From an interview in May with Torie DeLisle of Van Lloyd’s Bistro in Damariscotta about her restaurant, which she founded in 2015 with her husband August and father-in-law Bernie. Van

Oxfam

A minimum wage question, LePage’s attacks on poor kids and Brexit

This week on the Beacon Podcast, Ben and Mike discuss the just-released official wording of the minimum wage question, new numbers on low-wage workers from Oxfam, Gov. LePage’s misuse of