AUGUSTA – The Maine House created a setback for republicans, who hope to present their own plan to raise the minimum wage.
It voted to block a bill before republicans had a chance to add an amendment that calls for raising the wage to $10 dollars an hour by 2020. That’s much lower than a plan that calls for raising it to $12 dollars an hour.
Maine voters will get a chance to consider that plan when they head to the polls in November.
Republicans and some business groups have been working to come up with an alternative plan because they feel the referendum question could end up harming some businesses.
It may not be over yet. A competing measure could still be brought up in the senate where republicans are in control.