- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Portland City Council is considering two initiatives that aim to raise minimum wage in the city.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1VpZ2d6 ) the council voted Monday night to place a referendum to establish a $15-an-hour rate on the November ballot. Councilors also voted to delay a move to revise its own ordinance to raise minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Councilors voted to delay the revision of its own July 6 ordinance to give staff more time to develop proposals for handling tipped workers. The ordinance faced opposition from the restaurant industry after it effectively doubled the base wage for waiters and waitresses despite not being the law’s intent.

Portlanders for a Living Wage advocates a $15 an hour minimum wage for all employees except tipped workers by 2019.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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