President promotes Maine business in minimum wage campaign

AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Maine business is getting some promotion from the President.

On Sunday, President Obama's Twitter account linked to a video about Maine shoe company Lamey-Wellehan.

It was a video profile on the business, and its owner, Jim Wellehan, part of the President's Raise the Wage campaign.

In the video, Wellehan talks about his policy of paying his associates higher than the Maine minimum wage, which is $7.50. Wellehan said his lowest-paid employee made nearly $12 an hour last year.

He said paying employees a fair wage is good for business.

"People will appreciate [making more than minimum wage]. They'll do a better job," said Wellehan. "I think it's a good business decision."

Officials in Portland have been exploring a city-wide raise in the minimum wage. Some small business owners have spoken out against it, saying it would hurt their bottom line.

"I think it's a reasonable concern," said Wellehan, "and I think it's best done on a national basis."

President Obama's Organizing For Action website and Facebook page have also posted the Lamey-Wellehan video.


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