WGME 13 Top Stories – Republicans propose more hours, lower wages for teens

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Republicans propose more hours, lower wages for teens

Governor Paul LePage and the new republican majority are making good on their election promise to – as they put it – “cut red tape”, and for some GOP lawmakers, that includes some child labor laws.

One bill would lower the wage paid to minors to $2 below minimum wage. Another would increase the amount of hours a teenager in Maine is legally allowed to work.

Current law prevents 16 and 17-year-olds from working more than 20 hours in one week for a single employer and they can’t work past 10 p.m. on a school night. A proposed bill would increase that limit to 32 hours a week and let teens work until 11 on school nights.

Democrats say the bill just means high school kids will likely be staying up later just to work for less money and does nothing to help the economy. One democratic senator, Troy Jackson of Fort Kent, says the governor and republicans have their priorities in all the wrong places. “While the governor is distracted by artwork that makes him angry, the republicans in legislature are rolling back protections for Maine kids,” Jackson wrote.

But the republican senator sponsoring the bill, Debra Plowman of Hampden, says it will create an opportunity for teens to save money for education since they’ll legally be allowed to work more hours if they choose.

The bill is headed to the Senate for a vote after passing in committee on party lines.

Ted Homer
Producer
Republicans propose more hours, lower wages for teens

Wednesday, March 30 2011, 12:07 AM EDT

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