City Councilor Joe Baldacci has proposed a municipal ordinance to increase Bangor’s minimum wage. In order to widen the discussion the Councilor is hosting a town hall to hear from people and for speakers to present their viewpoints on increasing the minimum wage. It will be held at the Abraham Lincoln School, 45 Forest Avenue in Bangor, Maine, Thursday April 9, 2015. The program runs from 5:30 -7p.m.
“I am calling attention to the minimum wage because it is about basic economic fairness. Over a service of 4 terms on the Bangor City Council, including a term as Mayor, I have strongly and actively supported tens of millions – if not hundreds million dollars’ of new commercial development and jobs throughout this great City that have benefited Bangor and throughout our whole region of Eastern and Northern Maine.
“Having a real and substantial conversation about raising the minimum wage is a part of a necessary discussion we need to have about raising people’s incomes in general,” said Councilor Joe Baldacci.
Donato Tramuto, global healthcare activist, Maine businessman, philanthropist, and 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope laureate, will speak at the forum. Donato will tie in health care and the economics of low wages as basic middle class economic issues that we all as a state and as a country need to address.
Jim Wellehan, of Auburn, and owner of Lamey Wellehan Shoes has also graciously agreed to speak at the Minimum Wage Town Hall. As a businesses owner, he will point to the advantages of increasing the minimum wage.
Todd Gabe, University of Maine Economics Professor will speak about his research concerning the minimum wage and its impact on the economy.
A question and answer session will follow the presentations.
Food and refreshments from both Franks Bakery and Gosselin’s Bakery will be available. Visit the Town Hall Facebook page: HERE
This is great for downtown businesses and for our creative economy-
From the article: Bangor City Council approves new sidewalk rules for bars, restaurants that want outdoor seating
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff, Dec. 09, 2014
Bangor’s restaurants and bars now have the option of seating patrons outside no matter the time of year.
The Bangor City Council on Monday night approved a revised set of Sidewalk Licensing Agreement standards aimed at shoring up policies that hadn’t been revised since the early 1990s.
Aside from allowing year-round alfresco dining on city sidewalks and squares, the new licensing standards allow restaurants and bars in the newly renovated West Market Square to set up outdoor dining spaces extending no more than 19 feet into the square. The new rules also establish a design review committee made up of members of city staff and the Downtown Bangor Partnership, which will regulate fencing, furniture and design of outdoor dining spaces. Continue reading →
This week we started four days of early voting from Monday through Thursday at the Cross Insurance Center. Polls opened at 8 am each day.
I am asking for your consideration and for your vote for reelection to the Bangor City Council. I have worked hard over the last 3 years to protect basic services for our seniors, for young people and for working families. I worked successfully to oppose further budget cuts to our education system, police and fire departments. I have been a strong supporter of expanded commercial investment and creating new jobs in Bangor, as well as a long record of promoting the redevelopment of Bangor’s downtown and waterfront.
In order for us to make progress over the next term we will need to get better consideration and funds from Augusta and Washington D.C., to protect Bangor homeowners. Also we will have to continue to work together, as neighbors and citizens of a great city, that is meeting its challenges despite the economic hurdles we have had to face together.
We can and will continue moving Bangor forward together.
Thank you. Joe Baldacci