Committee to hold hearing on minimum wage increase

Posted Feb. 14, 2010, at 10:20 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s minimum wage will be on a legislative committee’s agenda this week.

On Thursday, the Labor Committee holds a public hearing on a bill to adjust Maine’s hourly minimum wage for inflation annually. The state Department of Labor would calculate increases in the minimum wage based on changes in the consumer price index.

Maine’s state minimum wage is $7.50 per hour, 25 cents an hour higher than the $7.25 federal minimum.

The indexing bill, sponsored by Rep. John Tuttle, was held over from last year’s session. Tuttle, a Sanford Democrat, is House chair of the Labor Committee.

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