Re: “Tri-City teens sing summer job blues” (online, 6-6).
Teens will have a tough time finding a job this summer, and one often overlooked reason is wage mandates that create a barrier between teens who want to work and employers who want to hire.
Between July 2007 and July 2009, Congress increased the federal minimum wage 40 percent. Recent research from Ball State University attributes the loss of 310,000 teenage part-time jobs to this wage hike.
At $8.55 per hour, Washington mandates the highest wage rate in the country. Minimum wages raise the cost of hiring and training …