Governor Paul LePage Declares there Are No Minimum Wage Jobs in Maine. Maine Declares Otherwise.
Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage appeared on the radio show Maine Calling yesterday to declare his opposition to a minimum wage hike and to make the following declaration:
“I think that if you go out in the marketplace right now and you look at how many companies in Maine are hiring people at minimum wage, you won’t find any. The starting wage right now in Maine is between ten and eleven dollars. I don’t care where you are.”
It doesn’t take long to fact-check that claim. As the Maine Department of Labor website notes, the state minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. A bare five minutes of searching uncovers the following jobs in Maine that pay no more than the minimum:
- Hollywood Cinemas: $7.50/hour
- Justice Clothing: $7.50/hour
- McDonald’s: $7.50/hour
- Rangeley Tavern: $7.50/hour
- Salvation Army: $7.50/hour
- University of Maine Dining: $7.50/hour
- University of Maine at Augusta: $7.50/hour
- University of Maine at Fort Kent: $7.50/hour
- University of Maine at Presque Isle: $7.50/hour
- YMCA: $7.50/hour
What Paul LePage claims about Maine’s economy is just not true. To the extent that his declaration is the basis for his opposition to a minimum wage hike, he should change his position. To the extent that Paul LePage is against a higher minimum wage hike regardless of actual conditions in Maine, he should be ashamed of himself.