Small business owners are speaking out
If all business owners – retailers and restaurateurs alike – paid more, it will be better for all of society and better for the economy. If a large portion of the population has more disposable income, they will frequent local establishments and we will all do more business. I believe that society as a whole benefits from having workers paid a fair living wage. It should be the cost of doing business and we somehow have to find a way to do that. This referendum is a good start.
Beyond any sort of economic calculation, I want my employees to be able to succeed. I live in the same community. They’re my friends and neighbors. I want them to thrive, and we are working hard to pay them accordingly. A minimum wage increase would make it easier for me to invest in my workers.
I’m a small business owner AND a member of my community. I want all of my friends and neighbors to make a wage that can allow them to support their families and live their version of the American Dream.
I care about my employees and wish I could pay them more but I have to compete with big box stores that pay poverty wages. A minimum wage increase would make a level playing field for small business owners like me.
Are you a small business owner who supports raising the minimum wage?
Good for our communities, good for small businesses
Small businesses are the backbone of the Maine economy and they succeed when our communities thrive. Raising the minimum wage puts money back in the pockets of the Mainers who are more likely to spend that in their communities, helping our local economies. Many small business in Maine already pay their employees more than the minimum wage, but for some businesses, raising the minimum wage also helps them compete with big box stores who pay low wages.
A national poll of small business owners found that 60% support raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour. The Maine Small Business Coalition, which represents over 4,000 small businesses, has endorsed the citizens initiative and now small business owners from across the state are speaking out in support of raising the minimum wage.