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Portland attorney's opinion on raising minimum wage: It's legal but risky

from Portland Press Herald

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan's plan to create a citywide minimum wage is both constitutional and a cause for concern, according to a memo from the city's top attorney. Corporation Counsel Danielle West-Chuhta wrote that the city has legal authority to create its own minimum wage that is higher than the state and federal minimums of $7.50 and $7.25 an hour, respectively, under the home-rule clause in the Maine Constitution. But West-Chuhta expressed other legal and practical concerns, including enforcement. more

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