PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland city officials, business owners and a public interest groups spoke at a public hearing Thursday night about a proposed raise in Portland's minimum wage.
The City Council's Finance Committee is considering an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage incrementally in Maine's largest city. The first year, the minimum wage would be $9.50, the second year would increase it to $10.50 and the following year it would be $10.60.
"I think that there is broad support in the public for increasing minimum wage. I think people are frustrated that federal and state governments have not addressed this issue and I think that's why it's important to bring it before Portland City Council," said Michael Brennan.
The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour and Maine's is $7.50 an hour. The city of Portland is considering a two dollar raise to $9.50.