Budget committee funds bills to increase paltry legislator pay, implement drug policy reforms


While LD 1155 was approved by AFA, a number of workers rights-related reforms failed to receive funding. One such measure was LD 1376, a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. During the legislative process on the bill, Mills publicly expressed skepticism about the notion of raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, a reform that the Maine Center for Economic Policy estimated would boost the wages of 127,000 hourly workers.

Click here to read the full story, first published July 13, 2023 in Beacon.