Lawmakers reject bill to raise minimum wage

Posted May 25, 2011, at 9:33 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s House of Representatives has rejected a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage.

By a vote of 77-69 along party lines, legislators on Tuesday shot down a proposal to raise the minimum wage from $7.50 to $8 an hour over the next two years.

Republican lawmakers argued that the bill would hurt businesses, while Democrats said low-wage workers could use the extra money.

Rep. Kerri Prescott told the Kennebec Journal that Maine has raised its minimum wage in eight of the past 10 years.

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Maine is one of 17 states with a minimum wage that is higher than the federal rate of $7.25 an hour.

 

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