I just had the opportunity to chat with State Senator David Novstrup who informed me of a measure he’s got coming that should be numbered and assigned to committee today from being dropped in the hopper last Friday.
The Youth Minimum Wage Act is designed to find a happy medium for kids who are working, and allow them to be put back on the job.
The act covers youths who are working aged 14-18, and allows them to be paid at $7.50 an hour versus the current $8.50 mandated state minimum wage.
He’ll be more fully fleshing out the why’s in the weeks to come, but it makes a lot of sense.
It separates the kids from the adults in the minimum wage argument, as not many 14 year olds are out supporting a family. It allows employers to hire more of them for “kid” types of jobs, as they’re typically taking very part time employment that working adults avoid.
It sounds to be a win/win for kids looking for a part time job, as well as employers. Agree or disagree?