Montana Increase Minimum Wage, I-121 (1996)

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The Montana Increase Minimum Wage Initiative, also known as I-121, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Montana as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have re-established a state minimum wage that would have gradually increased from $4.25 an hour to $6.25 an hour by the year 2000.[1][2]

Election results

Montana I-121 (1996)
Defeatedd No227,97556.47%
Yes 175,769 43.53%

Election results via: Montana Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[3]

Since 1991, Montana has followed the minimum wage set by Congress, which is currently $4.25 per hour. This initiative would amend Montana law to re-establish a state minimum wage, unless a higher amount is set by federal law. The minimum wage, exclucing tips, would be:
- $4.75 per hour beginning January 1, 1997;
- $5.25 per hour beginning January 1, 1998;
- $5.75 per hour beginning January 1, 1999; and
- $6.25 per hour beginning January 1, 2000.
The minimum wage rate for businesses with $110,000 or less in annual gross sales would remain $4.00 per hour.
Fiscal Statement:
Employees receiving an increase in the minimum wage may pay more income tax. However, businesses paying the increased wage are allowed to deduct the increase in full, resulting in a decrease in income and corporation tax revenue. The overall net impact is estimated to be negligible.


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