U.S. State Bucking National Trend, Considers Lowering Minimum Wage

The state of Maine is bucking the nationwide push to raise the minimum wage as it considers lowering the recent increase the state implemented. On January 1 the minimum wage was raised to $10 an hour, but a bill proposed by Gov. Paul LePage, LD 1757, would lower it by 50 cents in June . . .

The bill states it affects the minimum wage by “reducing the minimum wage from $10 per hour to $9.50 per hour beginning June 1, 2018; 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; eliminating the cost-of-living adjustment to the minimum wage; and 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.” (Read more from “U.S. State Bucking National Trend, Considers Lowering Minimum Wage” HERE)

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