- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage is seeking to block attempts to increase the minimum age at the local level.

The governor has introduced a bill that would prohibit municipalities from enacting proposals regarding the minimum wage, currently set at $7.50 an hour. The bill is being introduced by Assistant Republican Leader Andre Cushing.

It comes as Portland and Bangor both consider proposals to create a citywide minimum wage.

A City Council committee in Portland recently endorsed a plan to set the minimum wage at $8.75 an hour. A Bangor city councilor has proposed gradually raising the wage to $8.25 an hour in 2016 and $9.75 in 2018.

LePage opposes several minimum wage measures in the Legislature. He says the state should focus on helping people build skills needed for good-paying jobs.

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