PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --
Some restaurant owners are concerned that the minimum wage referendum which passed Tuesday night could lead to lay offs.
Starting January 1, Mainers who earn minimum wage will get $9 an hour, which will increase to $12 an hour by the year 2020.
Steve DiMillo, owner of DiMillo's Restaurant and Lounge in Portland, said this new wage system will hurt the restaurant industry, and that he may eventually resort to counter service or ordering from a tablet, because paying all of his servers a higher wage is too much of a hit to his bottom line.
"Service is going to suffer in the full service restaurants if this is not fixed," said DiMillo.
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