Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Higher Teen Wages Pose Unacceptable Risk

The Courant, Editorial, March 26, 2014:

"Will raising the minimum wage lead to more drunken driving deaths for teenagers?
That's the surprising proposition reported in the latest issue of The Connecticut Economy, a quarterly publication of UConn. It's worth considering as Connecticut's minimum wage, now at $8.70 an hour, increases to $9 next year and, in 2017, to $10.10.
In hiking the minimum wage, the state may be inadvertently aggravating the problem of teen drinking and driving.
Many teenagers work at minimum-wage jobs. Teens with more money in their pockets may spend it 'on goods their parents are unlikely to purchase for them, such as alcohol,' the UConn report says." Read More

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