Minimum wage referendum will be Question 4

Minimum wage referendum will be Question 4

Voters who support incrementally increasing Maine’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020 will want to vote Yes on Question 4 on this November’s General Election ballot.

A random drawing today by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap determined the order of the five referendum questions, with marijuana legalization first, followed by the Stand up for Students initiative, gun background checks, the minimum wage increase and ranked-choice voting.

“By voting Yes on 4, Mainers will be voting for seniors who can’t afford to retire, for single moms struggling to feed their kids, for EMTs and home health aides who do vital work for poverty wages, and for 159,000 Mainers who deserve a raise.” said Mainers for Fair Wages communications director Mike Tipping.

If successful, Question 4 will raise the minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9 in 2017 and then by a dollar a year until it reaches $12 in 2020,with cost of living increases thereafter. The subminimum wage for service workers who receive tips would also be increased, from $3.75 an hour to $5 in 2017 and then a dollar a year until it reaches $12 in 2024.

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