As the governor moves to cut off towns and cities from setting their own minimum wages, here’s a little context as to how often — and by how much — that figure has increased over time.

According to this timeline from the Department of Labor, Maine has raised its minimum wage 30 times — but it hasn’t moved since 2009, which is the longest it’s gone without an increase since it was enacted in 1959.

Should the state raise its minimum wage? Should cities be allowed to raise theirs? Let us know in the comments.

Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...