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June 19, 2015

Senate votes to stop local minimum wage increase

The Maine Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would prevent municipalities from raising the minimum wage at a local level.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the bill's approval by Senate Republicans is an attempt to stop cities like Bangor, South Portland and Portland from enacting their own minimum wage increases. All three cities are at various stages of discussion for raising the minimum wage.

In explaining her support for L.D. 1361, Sen. Amy Volk, R-Scarborough, said minimum wage increases at a local level would cause needless confusion for businesses that operate across multiple communities. The bill requires more votes from both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

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