Maine Lawmakers Send Minimum Wage Bill to LePage
Maine lawmakers have sent a bill to Gov. Paul LePage’s desk that would incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage. The Democratic-controlled Legislature gave final approval to the bill this week. The bill would boost Maine’s $7.50 hourly minimum wage in stages to $9 by 2016, and then raise it annually to account for inflation. LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett says the governor is still reviewing the bill and has not yet taken any action. The minimum wage bill was sent to Republican governor Thursday along with about 30 other that lawmakers already approved but couldn’t move forward because they have a price tag. After finalizing the state budget, lawmakers decided which bill should be funded and sent them to LePage for his signature or a veto.