AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers are putting off until next week further debate and action on a minimum wage increase, and a pair of contentious tax-related bills.

The House on Thursday endorsed its earlier vote to raise Maine’s minimum wage to $9 by 2016. But the Senate took no action, meaning the bill will be scheduled for debate when lawmakers return next week.

Two tax bills scheduled to be considered in the House Thursday will be on the agenda next week.

House Republicans are backing a bill to provide tax breaks on investment income and the sale of capital assets.

Democrats are supporting a bill to increase the state earned income credit from 5 percent to 50 percent of the federal earned income credit.


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