BANGOR – Spear-headed by city councilor Joe Baldacci, it was the topic of discussion at a public forum held this evening where a variety of speakers weighed in on why they think a hike in pay would be good for people across the board.
The move would put Bangor’s wages ahead of the rest of the state, bumping it up to 8.25 next year.
Some small business owners say the rise in pay would cut into their bottom line, and oppose such a move going forward. Donato Tramuto, one of Thursdays speakers, says when he raised wages. The positive far outweighed the negative.
Major corporations like Wal-mart and Mcdonalds have already implemented above minimum wage hourly rates..
The opinion being, that by pumping more money into the economy the reliance on government subsidy lessens.