Mainers for Fair Wages, the campaign supporting Question 4 on the November ballot to gradually increase Maine’s minimum wage to $12 by 2020, released its first campaign ad today. The 30-second commercial features Michael Landgarten, owner of Bob’s Clam Hut, Robert’s Maine Grill and Lil’s Cafe, all in Kittery.
“The employees at Bob’s are the hardest-working, most dedicated people I know. Without them, this business would not be what it is. They make it succeed,” says Landgarten in the ad. “We pay more than minimum wage here because when you work for a living, we think you should be able to make a living. That’s why we need to raise the minimum wage for all Maine workers. It will put money in their pockets, boost small businesses like this one and strengthen our communities. Most of all, it’s the right thing to do.”
More than 600 Maine small businesses have publicly announced their support for Question 4.
“We’re proud to have so many small business owners like Michael backing Question 4,” said Mainers for Fair Wages campaign manager Amy Halsted. “They know it’s the right thing to do and will put more money in the pockets of folks who will spend it locally, strengthening communities and helping to build an economy that works for everyone.”