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Legislation seeks to raise Maine's minimum wage to $9 by 2016

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March 28, 2013


By Greg Janetka

AUGUSTA, Maine: Split largely along party lines, the Maine House of Representatives voted 86-58 yesterday to give preliminary approval to a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage from $7.50/hour to $9/hour by 2016.[1]

Rep. Scott Hamann (D), who sponsored the bill, said "We should ensure that when Mainers put in an honest day's work, they are rewarded with an honest paycheck that puts food on the table, clothes on their backs and fuel in the oil tank. We need to get Mainers closer to earning a living wage."[1]

The legislation, LD 611, An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage Annually Based on Cost, raises the wage in a three-stage approach starting in July 2014. It also includes a provision that boosts the minimum wage in relation to inflation every year after 2017.[2]

Maine is one of 19 state's with a minimum wage above the nation level of $7.25 an hour. While the bill looks likely to be approved by the Legislature, Gov. Paul LePage (R) opposes the move.[3]