Although not to the extent of New York or Los Angeles, the Maine legislature also advanced a minimum wage hike, moving a bill out of the Labor, Research, Commerce and Economic Development Committee that will raise the minimum wage of $7.50 to $9.50/hour by 2018.  The bill, filed by Democratic Representative Dillon Bates, was passed on a 7-3 vote and now goes to the full House and Senate.  In other committee action, the Taxation Committee rejected the proposal by Governor LePage for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the state income tax.  On a mostly party-5-7 vote of, one independent joined six democrats to kill any further consideration of the tax elimination amendment.  The five republicans on the committee all supported the Governor’s proposal.