The Presiding Officers' Advisory Taskforce on Creating A Future For Youth in Maine
Whereas, the average annual population growth in Maine through 2020 is expected to be 0.5 percent compared to the national annual average of 1 percent, which is double the rate of population growth for Maine, and
Whereas, Maine's population currently ranks fourth oldest in the nation, and
Whereas, the number of seniors is expected to increase from 14 percent in the year 2000 to 21 percent in the year 2020, and
Whereas, Maine's senior population will grow by 50 percent over the next two decades compared to its overall population growth of 10 percent over the same time period, and
Whereas, in the 1980s and 1990s, Maine experienced a net out-migration of youth between the ages of 20 and 29 years, and
Whereas, the aging of the workforce and the loss of Maine's youth is creating a "brain drain" and a significantly under-educated and unskilled labor force that contributes to detrimental effects on Maine's economy, and
Whereas, it is necessary to immediately address this issue and take remedial action as soon as possible; now , therefore,
1. Task Force established. We, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House establish the "Presiding Officers' Advisory Task Force on Creating A Future for Youth in Maine," referred to in this enabling Declaration of the Presiding Officers as the "Task Force."
2. Membership. The Task Force consists of 13 members appointed as follows. The President of the Senate shall appoint 6 members and the Speaker of the House shall appoint 7 members.
3. Task Force chairs. The President and Speaker shall each name a co-chair of the Task Force.
4. Appointments; convening of Task Force; number of meetings. All appointments shall be made no later than August 22, 2003. When the appointment of all members has been completed, the chairs of the Task Force shall call and convene the first meeting of the Task Force, which may be no later than September 5, 2003. The Task Force may not meet more than 4 times.
5. Duties. The Task Force shall develop a plan and strategies to retain and attract youth. At a minimum, this plan must include the means by which employment and economic opportunities for youth in Maine can be expanded or created, and the steps necessary to achieve this goal. The Task Force shall consider student loan forgiveness, as well as other incentives to retain and attract youth in Maine and provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully participate in the Maine economy.
6. Staff assistance. The Presiding Officers shall provide for the necessary staffing services to the Task Force.
7. Compensation. The members of the Task Force who are Legislators are entitled to receive the legislative per diem, as defined in the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 3, section 2, and reimbursement for travel and other necessary expenses for attendance at authorized meetings of the Task Force.
8. Report. The Task Force shall submit its report that includes its findings and recommendations, including suggested legislation, to the Presiding Officers no later than December 8, 2003. The Presiding Officers may submit the legislation to the Second Regular Session of the 121st Legislature.
9. Extension. If the Task Force requires a limited extension of time to complete its study and make its report, it may apply to the Presiding Officers, who may grant an extension. Upon submission of its required report, the Task Force terminates.
10. Task Force work plan. The chairs of the Task Force, within 10 days after its first meeting, shall present a work plan to the Presiding Officers for their joint approval. The Task Force may not incur expenses that have not been previously approved by the Presiding Officers.
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