A proposal that is heading to the ballot in November would triple the base hourly wage for those who rely on tips, like waitstaff and bartenders. If the proposal passes, the base hourly wage would go from $3.75 to $11.25 an hour.
Maine came in as the third lowest state to make a living according to MoneyRates.com. The biggest negative for Maine is workplace accidents, illnesses and injuries. Maine tied for the highest in the nation.
Money Rates.com just released their analysis of the best states to make a living for 2015. The rankings were based on average wages, state tax rates, cost of living and the unemployment rate. The rankings also factored workplace safety and that was a big factor with where Maine finished on the list.
Maine gas prices were essentially unchanged this week. They dropped about a half a cent per gallon this week and are averaging statewide at $2.79 per gallon. Nationally, the gas prices have dropped one cent per gallon for an average of $2.76 per gallon.
Maine gas prices dropped about 1.5 cents per gallon this past week. The statewide average is now at $2.79 cents per gallon. Nationally the average price also went down about one cent per gallon for an average of $2.77.
It could be a sign that gas prices are peaking right now, as gas prices nationally dipped almost two cents a gallon for an average of $2.79 per gallon. However, in Maine, gas prices were up almost two cents a gallon this past week for a statewide average of $2.81.
The experts keep tell us that gas prices have peaked and to expect them to drop, well we are still waiting! Another week of higher gas prices both in Maine and across the country. This week saw gas prices spike up another four cents per gallon in Maine, for a statewide average of $2.78.