- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are supporting a plan to set a minimum wage for teachers at $40,000 a year.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Legislature’s Education Committee on Tuesday voted 7-2 to endorse the proposal, which is estimated to cost about $1 million annually.

Teachers would also be required to meet higher academic requirements, such as having a minimum 3.0 grade average in college.

According to state Department of Education officials, there are about 150 Maine teachers who earn less than $40,000.

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