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Maine House unanimously passes bill to boost childcare worker pay

LD 1652 passed in the Maine House 130-0 on Thursday.

AUGUSTA, Maine — On Thursday, the Maine House voted unanimously in favor of a bill to increase the pay of childcare workers across the state.

This bill will provide a tiered program for childcare workers to receive more compensation based on their experience and education level.

The bill piggybacks from a temporary pay boost for childcare workers from American Rescue Plan funding.

"I'm really excited because this is a meaningful step forward for childcare workers across our state," Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford, said. "Last year, Gov. Mills took American Rescue Plan dollars and dedicated those dollars to a wage supplement for our childcare workers. Raising their wages, which is much needed."

This bill heads to the Appropriations Committee to be funded before landing on the governor's desk.

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