Protect Maine's Economy by Slowing the Rate at Which the State's Minimum Wage Will Increase and Establishing a Training and Youth Wage

Last updated: Apr 8, 2018

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Joel Stetkis, House 105
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1757

Position:

Support.

UPDATE: After the Senate voted in favor of the bill, 19-16, the bill moved back to the House for its final vote. Unforunately, the House voted 72-75 against the bill. See the ROLL CALL. The bill is dead.

UPDATE: The House voted the bill Ought Not to Pass on the first vote. It fell 81-69. See the ROLL CALL. We supported a No vote which was against the Ought Not to Pass motion. The bill now moves to the Senate where is may be amended to gain greater support in the House.

UPDATE: The committee voted the bill along party lines with Republicans supporting an amended bill that would create a youth wage at 80% of the prevailing minimum wage and slowing the rate of increase to $12 per hour. The Democrats on the committee voted to oppose the bill. 

We support the establishment of a youth wage and efforts to address the indexing.

Read our testimony.

Summary:

This bill affects the minimum wage by:

1. Reducing the minimum wage from $10 per hour to $9.50 per hour beginning June 1, 2018;

2. Reducing the amount by which the minimum hourly wage rates are scheduled to increase annually on January 1st from 2019 to 2021 from $1 per year to 50 cents per year, and decreasing from $12 to $11 the minimum hourly wage rate required to be paid in 2021;

3. Eliminating the cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage; and

4. Establishing a training minimum wage for employees 18 years of age or older and under 20 years of age for the first 90 days of employment and a youth minimum wage for employees under 18 years of age.