Bangor Endorses Minimum Wage Petition

Following a committee vote last week, on a 6-1 vote, the Bangor city council endorsed an initiative petition being pushed by the left-leaning Maine Peoples Alliance that will increase the state minimum wage to $12/hour by 2020 and subsequently index the wage to inflation.  The petition is slated to be on the November 2016 ballot. …

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Minimum Wages Cutting Both Ways

In Kansas City, the city council approved a city minimum wage, notwithstanding the general assembly passing a ban on local minimum wages.  The statewide bill is still in limbo however, as it was vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon earlier this month.  The General Assembly is expected to take a vote on overriding his veto in…

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Maine Restricts Employer Social Media Policies

Along a similar line, the state of Maine put in place a social media privacy law for both public and private employers.  The new law, which will take effect on October 15 of this year, prohibits an employer from requiring and employee/applicant to disclose their personal social media accounts or add anyone to their list…

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House Blocks GMO Labeling by States –

The US House last week passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.1599) preempting states from requiring the mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  House passage comes as more states are entertaining the mandatory labelling of GMOs.  A major concern with state mandates is the impossible task that food manufacturers would…

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Watch Out What You Ask For . . .

Bringing the old adage to life, the city of Portland Maine is now wondering how to fix the minimum wage debacle they unleashed just one week earlier when the city council voted to enact an ill-advised and poorly written ordinance to create a minimum wage in excess of the state minimum.  Portland passed an ordinance…

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Bangor Looks To Follow Portland

The Bangor City Council apparently likes what it sees in Portland, as it is similarly entertaining an ordinance that would phase in increases to the minimum wage in that city from the current $7.50/hour minimum to $9.75/hour over the next two years.  The Bangor City Council has scheduled a vote on Councilor Joe Baldacci’s proposal…

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Maine Governor Pushes Pro-Business Agenda

For most of this year, Maine’s pro-business governor has been trading legislative barbs with activists pushing an array of new mandates that would do everything from boost workers’ pay to determine how shifts get scheduled. Gov. Paul LePage is championing a state ban that would stop cities and towns from passing their own minimum wage…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

It seems to be the issue that gives us more and more fodder each week and this week is no exception to highlight minimum wage issues.  First off, there is still a great deal of activity in Missouri over the question as municipalities scramble to try and beat the August 28 effective date of a…

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Minimum Wage Issues Still In News

It seems to be a drumbeat that we’ve been hearing forever, but there were more minimum wage issues of which we took note this week.  Speaking of New York, the Governor Cuomo Wage Board, charged with increasing the minimum wage for fast food workers throughout the state, has yet to issue their final recommendation, but…

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More Minimum Wage Machinations

In the seemingly endless weekly drumbeat of minimum wage issues around the country, we see some quick movement in the cities of St. Louis and Kansas City in Missouri.  The drive stems from a pending bill that ironically prohibits cities/towns from establishing their own minimum wage and from banning plastic bags.  HB722, which passed the…

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