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Why This Indicator Matters

In many Maine communities, families working in low-wage jobs earn insufficient income to make ends meet given the local cost of living. These living wage estimates provide an approximate income needed to meet a family’s basic needs. 

Why is it important?
Families are not able to pay for housing, food, transportion, child care, health care and other essential expenses with one person working full time at minimum wage. The living wage calculates what hourly wage is sufficient for a family to meet these basic needs and achieve financial independence.

In a statewide referendum, voters approved raising the state minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2020 through incremental annual wage raises. In 2018 the minimum wage is $10 per hour.
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