A bill now moving through the Maine Legislature would raise the minimum hourly wage from $6.50 to $6.75 on Oct. 1 and to $7 in October 2007. Supporters point out that even with the increase the stark reality remains that someone who works full time all year would make only about $14,600.
Support for the bill is growing. The bill recently received the endorsement of The Kennebec Journal, Maine’s oldest newspaper. In a recent editorial, they pointed out that, “perhaps the best reason to increase the minimum wage is to recognize that too many Mainers and other Americans are making too little, and the growing disparity between rich and poor threatens the state and national economies on which we all depend.”