More than half of all Mainers can't afford to live in Vacationland, according to
More than half of all Mainers can't afford to live in Vacationland, according to a recent study conducted by the Maine Center for Economic Policy. The new study, "Getting By in 1999: Basic Needs and Livable Wages in Maine," says a single Mainer needs to earn at least $8.45 an hour to afford the most basic necessities, and that luring high-tech jobs to Maine is not the answer. Many Mainers are not skilled in such fields and training for high-tech jobs is costly. Jim Amaral, president of Businesses for Social Responsibility, says some employers are taking steps to improve wages and, as the labor market becomes tighter, Amaral says employers will find they have no choice but to increase wages and conditions for workers.
Economic conditions, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Wages and salaries
Giampetruzzi, Tony, "More than half of all Mainers can't afford to live in Vacationland, according to" (1999). Maine News Index – Portland Phoenix. 33.