AUGUSTA – The sponsor of a bill designed to slow minimum wage increases in Maine expects it to fail.
The bill is among many facing Maine lawmakers, who are in the midst of a special legislative session. Legislators were called back into session mainly to deal with bills that were left hanging when they adjourned last month.
Senator Brian Langley of Ellsworth said the governor asked him to introduce the minimum wage bill. He said the state’s increasing minimum wage was a factor in the closure of an Ellsworth restaurant.
“There’ll be more places that kind of live on the edge,” Langley said. “And if you’re on tight margins like a burger stand, like a Fuddruckers, in the high rent district, with all of those things compiled, make one obvious answer. And that is close your doors.”
Langley said there is a ripple every time the minimum wage increases as businesses have to increase pay for their more skilled workers as well.