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LePage: Portland Minimum Wage Ordinance Violates Federal Law

PORTLAND, Maine — The administration for Gov. Paul LePage says Portland’s minimum wage ordinance violates federal law.

The Portland Press Herald reports that LePage spoke Thursday at Thomas College in Waterville saying the city must reimburse employers.

The city raised its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour on Jan. 1. Councilors decided to leave the base wage for tip earners at $3.75 an hour.

The administration says that $6.35 gap between the minimum wage and the base wage for tip earners is larger than the one outlined in federal law.

Mayor Ethan Strimling says LePage informed him last week that the state is looking into the issue. Strimling says he believes the ordinance complies with federal law. He says they are trying to confirm that.