With its highest-in-the-nation minimum wage acting as a barrier to youth employment, Washington’s legislature should be commended for considering a lower “training wage” for teens (TNT, 1-31)
Washington’s minimum wage rises yearly with inflation, which has created a significant hardship for the state’s businesses; they can’t just absorb the annual increases. When higher labor costs can’t be offset by price increases on cost-conscious customers, employers have to provide the same product with less service. That means more customer self-service and fewer jobs for the young people who used to serve them.
The good news is that research published in …