Local businesses agree, minimum wage just not enough
PORTLAND (WGME) -- According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 88 percent of the people making minimum wage are over the age of 20.
There is currently a push out of Washington that would increase worker's hourly pay to more than $10.00. President Obama signed an order on Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage for many federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour starting in 2015.
In Portland, one of the leaders from the U.S. Department of Labor, Laura Fortman, met with the owner of Longfellow books, and both agree you can't support a family on the current minimum wage.
"The current minimum wage brings you 17% below the poverty level if you're a family of four, and increasing it is really important and that's what the president is calling for," said Fortman.
The President's order will likely affect fewer than a half a million workers. However, the idea is that it will spur congress to approve the same increase for all workers.