Gabe quoted in BDN article, Bangor minimum wage ordinance

Todd Gabe, an economics professor at the University of Maine, was quoted in a Bangor Daily News article about a proposal to increase the local minimum wage. If approved, the local minimum wage would increase from $7.50 to $8.25 per hour in 2016, to $9 per hour in 2017 and to $9.75 in 2018.

According to Gabe, a minimum wage increase to $8.25 per hour would affect 7 percent of the 67,720 workers in the Bangor metropolitan statistical area, which includes surrounding towns and cities, including Brewer, Hampden, Orono, Old Town and Winterport.

The matter will be discussed in a public hearing before the full council at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bangor City Hall.