Maine Legislature approves bill to increase Maine minimum wage to $15 an hour


Jun. 15, 2023

AUGUSTA, Maine (WMTW) – Both chambers of the Maine legislature recently passed a bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by January, but the future of the bill still remains unclear.

“An Act to Create a Livable Wage by Increasing the Minimum Hourly Wage,” sponsored by State Rep. Benjamin Collings of Portland, was narrowly passed in the House by a vote of 71-70 on Monday. On Tuesday, the bill passed 22-11 in the Senate.

The bill would increase Maine’s minimum wage from the current $13.80 to $15 an hour by January 2024. Then in 2025, the minimum wage would increase annually based on the cost-of-living index. read more