AUGUSTA (WGME) — Maine’s business community is calling on legislators to act now and raise Maine’s minimum wage. The current legislative session ends this week.

The Maine Restaurant and Innkeepers Associations, Retail Association of Maine, the State Chamber of Commerce, and nearly 10,000 other business owners in Maine are behind the plan.

These groups want to gradually increase the minimum wage from $7.50 to $10 an hour over 4 years.

There’s already a ballot initiative for this November to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020.

The group says its plan for $10 an hour is a more reasonable increase for businesses.

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