BANGOR – Even though a recount has been called off for Question 2, the future of that law remains uncertain. Governor LePage is proposing changes to that, and the new Minimum Wage law because he feels they will hurt Maine’s economy.
Governor LePage is stirring discussion in Augusta over his most recent comments on minimum wage, and the education ballot initiatives, and says he’s focusing on the welfare of seniors. He’s asking lawmakers to change the new minimum wage law to implement the increases over a longer period of time. He thinks that will help small businesses while also protecting jobs and making it more affordable for seniors, but others are disagreeing.
Mike Tipping, the Communication Director of Mainers for Fair Wages, says there’s not much he can do once the first increase starts in January. City Councilor Joe Baldacci also weighed in, saying Governor LePage needs to respect what Mainers want.
LePage has also voiced his concerns for Question 2, which aims to raise money for education by imposing a new tax. LePage wants to present a major tax reform package to offset the impact the new tax would have on higher earners. The spokesperson for Question 2, John Koinski seems unconcerned with this plan, saying “We are thrilled that Question 2 will go into effect!”
The Governor is already meeting resistance from some democrats who believe changing the new laws would be going against the will of Maine voters. Question 1 will still be recounted starting Monday.