- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Portland’s mayor says he was surprised to learn the city’s new minimum wage ordinance would also apply to tipped workers.

The city council enacted the new $10.10 minimum wage Monday night with the apparent understanding that it would not affect restaurants and other businesses with tipped employees. City officials had said they didn’t want to hurt the tourism industry.

The Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1G6D7fB ) reports that because of a state law that allows employers a credit for tipped workers, the city ordinance would in fact raise the minimum wage from the current $3.75 per hour to $6.35 per hour.

Mayor Michael Brennan said he was surprised to learn of the mistake and there may be efforts to fix the ordinance before it takes effect on Jan. 1.

The statewide minimum wage is $7.50 per hour.


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