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NFIB is opposing legislation (LD 447) that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $7.75 an hour on October 1, 2011, and to $8.00 an hour on October 1, 2012. Maine’s minimum wage is currently $7.50 an hour. We are also opposing legislation (LD 457) that would index the minimum wage to automatically increase in future years based on inflation.
With the new political makeup of the legislature (20 Republicans, 15 Democrats in the Senate; 78 Republicans, 72 Democrats, and 1 independent in the House), it is too early to predict what may become of these bills. However, we expect Governor LePage would veto any legislation to increase the wage rate should it reach his desk.