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Portland business owners and workers speak out against DSA referendum

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A group known as Enough Enough, a group created to oppose a referendum proposed by American Democratic Socialists, held a press conference on Wednesday to speak out against the measure. Raising wages to $18 an hour would make him the third highest minimum wage in America and would also eliminate tipping credits for service workers. Other initiatives will reduce cruise ships entering Portland, increase tenant protections, and two limit short-term rentals such as Airbnb. Press conference seeks to use DSA to exert influence in Portland Outside Groups. “My Portland neighbors and fellow residents have an opportunity to send a clear and strong message to this outside group. If employees can’t cover the minimum wage with tips, employers have to cover the difference.The DSA said that by eliminating tipping credits, service workers could earn more money. But service workers and business owners say it will result in a 170% increase in costs for 80% of employees, they say, leading to mass job losses. Servers are located at the Porthole Restaurant and Pub in the Old Port. “It is impossible for any industry, let alone one that has been devastated by COVID in the past few years. This will just kill the restaurant and dining community here in the City of Portland.” Dan Haley, Commissioner, Portland Harbor Commission Cho opposed the cruise ship initiative that only 1,000 cruise ship passengers could enter Portland per day. 400 waterfront jobs and city revenues cost him $2.3 million. “How do we fix it? Raise taxes? Raise fees like parking fees and other sources of income, or cut budgets? is,” he said, DSA. Haley noted that more people would drive to Portland if they couldn’t arrive by cruise, but to combat climate change, reduce pollution and congestion. People struggle to pay for food, tenants are evicted, neighborhoods turn into tourist playgrounds, and the earth melts. “Some people just want to keep the status quo as we offer solutions,” the DSA said in a statement to WMTW. I hope you won’t be fooled.”

A group known as Enough Enough, set up to oppose a referendum put forward by American Democratic Socialists, held a press conference on Wednesday to voice its opposition to the measure.

The ball0t initiative includes an initiative to raise Portland’s minimum wage to $18 an hour, making it the third highest minimum wage in the United States and eliminating tipping credits for service workers.

Other initiatives are two initiatives to reduce cruise ships entering Portland, increase tenant protection, and limit short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

The press conference was led by longtime Portland City Councilman Nick Mavodones, who mocked the DSA as an outside group seeking to exert influence in Portland.

“By arrogance, ignorance, or both, these activists will hurt the very people they claim to support,” Mabodones said. has a chance to send a clear and powerful message to this external group. Enough.”

The tip credit allows restaurants and other service-based businesses to pay service workers up to half the minimum wage if the employee can compensate for more than the minimum wage in tips. If workers cannot cover the minimum wage with tips, employers must cover the difference.

The DSA says eliminating tipped credit will allow service workers to make more money, but service workers and business owners will see a 170% increase in costs for 80% of employees. , says it will lead to mass unemployment.

“In any industry, it would be impossible to raise the wages of 80% of the workforce by 170%,” said Joshua Chaison, a server at The Porthole Restaurant and Pub in Oldport. “It is impossible for any industry, let alone one that has been devastated by COVID over the last few years. This will just kill the restaurant and dining community here in the City of Portland.”

Portland Port Commission Chairman Dan Haley opposed a cruise ship initiative that only 1,000 cruise ship passengers per day could enter Portland.

Haley said the restrictions will result in the loss of cruise ships entering Portland, the loss of nearly 400 waterfront jobs, and $2.3 million in revenue for the city.

“Get that 2.3 million off the budget,” Haley said. “How do you fix it? Increase taxes? Increase fees like parking fees or other sources of income? Or cut your budget? is a person.”

The DSA says the initiative will reduce pollution and congestion to combat climate change, but Haley notes that more people will drive to Portland if they can’t arrive by cruise. .

At a press conference Wednesday, the DSA said the initiative was the bold change the city needed to address its current challenges.

“Unfortunately, as the city’s workers struggle to pay for food, tenants are forced out of their homes, neighborhoods turn into tourist playgrounds, and the planet melts away, we provide solutions. Some people want to keep the status quo,” the DSA said in a statement to WMTW. “Voters are looking at the tantrums of 2020 and hope they won’t be fooled this November either.”

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