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Posted on Apr 01, 2013
[...] Anti-Business Wage Controls: House Democrats have passed a proposal to increase Maine’s wage controls. The bill, LD 611, is sponsored by Rep. Scott Hamann (D-South Portland) and pushed by the controversial Maine People’s Alliance. If it becomes law, the bill will increase the minimum wage by $1.50—or 17 percent—over three years, bringing it from $7.50 to $9 per hour. The bill would also set the wage control on autopilot, indexing it to inflation each year for the first time in Maine’s history. The Maine State Chamber of Commerce estimates that LD 611 would give Maine the fourth highest minimum wage in the nation by 2016, despite its 42nd-ranked GDP per capita. [...]