LD 1757 An Act To Protect Maine's Economy By Slowing the Rate at Which the State's Minimum Wage Will Increase and Establish a Training and Youth Wage, Rep. Stetkis (R-Canaan)
This bill makes several changes to the minimum wage laws. 1. Reduces the minimum wage from $10 per hour to $9.50 per hour on 6/1/18; 2. Reduces 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. Eliminates the cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage; and 4. Establishes 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. MTA testified in favor of some provisions of this bill; specifically, establishing a youth wage and averaging the indexing over several years rather than indexing annually.