AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine House has given preliminary approval to a bill to increase the state's minimum wage to $9 by 2016, with further increases linked to inflation. But further votes will be necessary.
The House voted 86-58 Wednesday along party lines.
Maine, where the current minimum wage is $7.50 per hour, is one of more than a dozen states that have minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25.
The minimum wage bill faces additional votes in the House and Senate. Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who's on vacation, hasn't announced a position on the bill.
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