AUGUSTA, Maine — Lawmakers are rejecting the latest effort to roll back Maine’s minimum wage law.

The Maine House voted 81-69 to reject a bill Thursday to reduce annual increases in Maine’s minimum wage. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The bill would have capped the increase at $11 per hour instead of $12 by 2021. Starting in 2021, the state’s minimum wage is set to increase in pace with the cost-of-living.

Several Democrats and Republicans say the wage hike is raising incomes for Mainers often working multiple jobs in a state that’s seen slugging income growth since the recession.

Republican Rep. Jeff Timberlake says the wage hike is a burden for small businesses unable to keep on employees or hire new ones.