Maine’s minimum wage to hit $13.80 on Jan. 1

Raising the minimum wage also helps other workers because employers are likely to bump up the pay of other hourly employees to keep up, said James Myall, economic policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

And the 2016 Maine law that ties the increase to the cost of living helps those who are struggling to pay for gas, groceries and heating oil.

“When you are on minimum wage, often every penny counts,” he said. “They don’t have savings to absorb the increase in costs.”

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