FARMINGTON — The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce will present a forum on two of the five citizen-initiated questions on the ballot Nov. 8.

Discussion will focus on Questions 2 and 4.

Question 2 is: “An act to establish the fund to advance public kindergarten to grade 12 education” by raising the income tax on Maine’s highest earners

Question 4 is: “An act to raise the minimum wage” from $7.50 to $9 an hour in 2017, with annual $1 increases up to $12 in 2020.

The forum will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Lincoln Auditorium at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Discussing Question 2 will be John Kosinski of Stand Up for Students and Ted Johnston of the Political Action Committee No on Question 2.

Presenting Question 4 will be Garrett Martin of the Maine Center for Economic Policy and Curtis Picard of the Retail Association of Maine.

Each presenter will be given an opportunity to discuss the issue, with an opportunity for questions from attendees.

The forum will be moderated by Bill Crandall, program manager of Western Maine Community Action.

The event is free and open to the public.


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