Commentary: Why I’ll be voting to raise Portland’s minimum wage to $18

In Maine, by one estimate, the median wage for a tipped worker is just $14.84 an hour. According to the Maine Center for Economic Policy, if the minimum wage is raised in Portland, some 22,600 workers will see a raise, including 42% of all women workers, 56% of Black workers, 51% of Asian workers, 51% of Indigenous workers, 39% of Latino workers and 100% of about 1,500 workers paid under the tip credit system.

Click here to read the full story, first published September 22, 2022 in the Portland Press Herald.