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