Bills propose raising Maine's minimum hourly wage

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Legislature's labor committee is considering two bills that would raise the state's minimum hourly wage.

One bill calls for raising the minimum wage each year at the rate of inflation. The other bill would raise the minimum wage to $7.75 an hour on Oct. 1, and to $8 an hour on Oct. 1, 2012.

Public hearings are being held Friday.

Maine's minimum wage is now $7.50 an hour, which is 25 cents an hour higher than the federal minimum wage.

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Jerome Young's picture

amen Bob, I am against this

amen Bob, I am against this for one simple reason, it has never worked. The market determines wages not the government.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Tying the minimum wage to the

Tying the minimum wage to the rate of inflation won't work. Politicians will increase it even when there is no inflation. Look at what they've done to unemployment compensation. They'll pay a person not to work for 99 weeks.
Want to earn more than minimum wage? How about working your butt off and EARNING a raise.

Minimum Wage

That would be good if Maine would raie the minimum wage. The cost of living has gone way up and so should the wages...

Minimum Wage

That would be good if Maine would raie the minimum wage. The cost of living has gone way up and so should the wages...

Minimum Wage

That would be good if Maine would raie the minimum wage. The cost of living has gone way up and so should the wages...

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