From farmworker wage bill to raising taxes on wealthy, legislators sustain Gov. Mills’ vetoes

The House vote on the farmworker minimum wage bill was 54 in favor of overriding the governor and 69 in favor of sustaining the veto. After the vote, the Maine Center for Economy Policy criticized the decision to uphold the veto (along with the failure to override the veto of the farmworker concerted activity bill).

“The legislature has reaffirmed farmworkers’ second-class status in Maine’s economy,” said Arthur Phillips, policy analyst at MECEP, adding that the state has “yet again failed to take the most basic steps toward economic and racial justice for farmworkers, leaving our state with a less sustainable agricultural sector. These workers deserve far better.”

Click here to read the full story, first published May 10, 2024 in News from the States.