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.