Minimum Wage Bill Defeated in Augusta 

A committee in Augusta soundly defeated a move to adjust Maine’s minimum wage each year, based on the cost-of-living.The vote was 12-to-1 against the bill.Labor committee members say because of the weak economy, the timing is wrong for such a law.The vote almost assures the bill’s defeat when it reaches the house and senate.Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour, $.25 higher than the federal minimum.