In the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers considered at least five GOP-led efforts to undercut the minimum wage. If they had been approved, James Myall, policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy, estimated that Maine workers would have lost about $193 million in wages in 2026. Heading into the 2023 legislative session, Myall argues that it’s crucial that workers’ pay not be cut.
“The past year of higher inflation has driven home to people how important it is that their wages keep up with that,” Myall said.
“It’s really important to make sure that nobody ends up getting left behind,” he added.