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April 3rd, 2011
04:43 PM ET

Employment, Pay, and Opportunity

America's national unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, but for teens, it's much higher (it's over 20 percent by some estimates).  There's a proposal in Maine that could help out with the state's teen unemployment, but there's a catch:  If it becomes law, people who are hired would be making less than the state's minimum wage.

It's called a "training wage," and it would pay $5.25/hour instead of the state minimum wage of $7.50.  And the training wage could be paid for 180 days.  The argument in favor:  With lower wages, employers could afford to hire more workers.  The argument against:  It "devalues" young workers and would pay them less than minimum wage.

So it becomes a question like this:  Would you be willing to accept $5.25/hour if your chances of getting a job were better?  Or would you want to keep your current chances of getting hired - but at $7.50/hour?

Carl Azuz, Anchor


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soundoff (398 Responses)
  1. emma

    i say yes and no because the training wage might get the teens to stay longer but some need the money.

    April 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  2. emma

    but what if employers just have them work for 180 days and then fire them and hire another teen for 180 days thats cheep and bad for teens who need to make money.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  3. Nick

    It would be worth it if you NEEDED a job. What's better: a lower paying job or no job at all? Think about it and it's only for 180 days then they'd move up to minium wage. It's worth it. On top of it it's for teen's anyway. Most teens don't have major bills. They just want gas money and money to spend/save.

    April 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  4. Kristen

    In my opinion, I owuld say that it would depend on the job that I am training for, if it were a job that you are looking to turn into a life's career or one that you can not go to any school-based training for, then I would accept the lower wage, but if it were a job that I know I will eventually quit from or if I went to college or some sort of job training and interned already for it, I would not want the lower wage.

    April 3, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  5. Briana

    I believe this is a good Idea. There would be more people working and not sitting At home and trying to get a job. It would give more opportunity for teens to get a taste of what working feels like and how much energy and time it takes up. So I say yes to the law they want to pass, more people workin which means less people siting around doing nothing.

    April 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  6. Pia

    People have been fighting for years to up the minimum wage. Just because a teenager is in training doesn't mean that they should be paid any less than an adult in training. That's simply not fair. And, so what if teens don't have house payments to pay–gas prices are still rising like crazy. Soon one hour of a teen's below-minimum wage pay won't even be worth a gallon of gas!

    April 4, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  7. Oleg

    Yes, savings will help if you when there are few jobs.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  8. Christian

    I think that yes I would accept 5.25 an hour. Becasue If they do this for teens it would give more jobs for teens. Also It would give you a better chance of getting a job then if you wanted 7.50 and hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:46 am |
  9. Brian

    I will never do a $7.25/hour work for less than a $7.25/hour pay.

    April 4, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  10. Kelly

    I think they shouldn't have training wages. I think higher apying jobs are better, even for teens. We work to get money, right??? So, I say give us what we asked for!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 7:33 am |
  11. Mariques

    I would not accept $5.25 because that is just to low. I would be wasting my time working hard for such little money. I don't think it is needed.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:25 am |
  12. Tim

    Its good for saving some money for college but the question every teen needs to ask themself would you rather make 5.25 an hour now or 20 later. the point is to get an education. meaning get into college and get a better job for yourself in the futer

    April 4, 2011 at 8:26 am |
  13. parth

    I would go for it because it will teens how to make money and it's only for 180 days and it will get teens money to buy and spend

    April 4, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  14. Reagan

    I would feel cheated if I did the same standard and amount of work as an adult and was paid a lesser amount. The age of the worker should not be a factor when it comes to the salary – it is just another example of age discrimination. Another commented saying that teens do not have as many bills to be responsible for; would it be okay to make assumptions like that about adults and their pay? Is it fair to pay someone less because they need less? A lot of teens utilize job opportunities during the summertime which is less than 180 days; those teens are definitely getting cheated on an equal salary.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  15. Osheiauna

    Why should young teens get paid $5.25 ? It's like were working for nothing. What's the difference of getting paid Minimum wage and Training wage? It's pointless!

    April 4, 2011 at 8:31 am |
  16. Peter

    Most young adults have a job to help pay for college expenses. Plus countless high school students need sufficient funds for gas, car payments, and car insurance. Not to mention the young families that rely on this money to support their children. That extra $2.25 an hour really adds up in the long run.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  17. David

    This might be a good thing or not but I guess we will find out in a couple months. 🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  18. Megan

    I think it is a good idea because it lets you get some money to live off of. It also gives you a good picture of how some people have to live with small amounts of money. The money and training will probably help you in the long-run.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  19. Amandajane

    This is a hard question, but I would want to be paid $5.25 to have a good chance of being hired. You have to think, some of the poorer people out in the United States need a job, but don't get hired. They would make money and have enough to support a family if it were easier to get a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  20. Ella

    Mayybe the job can offer some expriences which are very important for the future,but being young teens doesn't mean we are not worth the payment.We indeed deserve the minimum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  21. frannie

    I would be willing to be payed less for training hours because later on in my life, if the economy drops, I would have trianing hours on my applacation. If a bunch of people want that job I would have an advantage.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  22. Catherine

    Yes, I think this is a good idea because teens are young and they need some time to get to know a job so they can show a better performance in later jobs. Besides, they don't need a whole lot of money, but it's good to have some to start saving. Also, if they are really mature enough to deserve that money, they'd understand the bill is not meant to discriminate them.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  23. Manar

    I think that the salary should be minimum wage. It would be alright because you would get a job when your older.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  24. Noche

    The one statement I saw in all this was "devalues young workers". Well being a teen myself, I understand how this would anger many of my hormone filled colleagues. However, we have to understand, we are devalued because we are of less value. Sure I'd like to get paid the same as any other regular Plumber Joe, but if that's going to change because I don't have as much experience, I can deal with that until I have gained the necessary experience to earn more than the 'training wage'. The only real problem I have with this is the name, couldn't they call it something like "teenwage" or "teenpay"?

    April 4, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  25. Jamey

    Receiving a job for $5.50 an hour would be better than not having a job at all. With unemployment the way it is, a workers mentality should be looking for anything that can get them along. Besides, the majority of teens only need money for gas and friday night entertainment.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:01 am |
  26. Joseph

    getting paid 5.25 an hour makes me feel less important but if it raises my chance of getting a job then whatever

    April 4, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  27. Zach

    I am a student from Maine and this bill angers me. It tells us we are not worth as much as adult workers and that's not true. Some families I know depend on the money that their child makes and with this bill it could hurt the families financial troubles.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  28. bryan

    i would like to be paid 5.25 per hour and then get 7.50 after 180 days if it raises my chances of getting a job

    April 4, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  29. Maeve

    I would like to make minimum wage from the beginning.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  30. Nolan

    I agree that it does devalue us teens.Teenagers get things done faster and make sure its done right because they want a pay check so that they can continue and spend the money on things.Making it 5.25 per a hour is just going to make people angry and to be honest i would not wanna work for that because then i would have to work more hours in order to get as much money as i use to.This is ridiculous and unjustified.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  31. Jennifer

    i have to say that i'm in the middle yes for a better chance of getting a job. But if they lower the amount of money will make me have less than chance to save up for later on when i get a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  32. Ashley

    I think i would rather be hired at 5.25 percent and have a better chance at being hired and then go up to minimum wage after 180 days.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  33. jimmy

    i think it is a good thing because kids need to work and i dont think they should earn more money.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  34. troy

    i think its a bunch of bull we should be worrying about other things instead of worrying about this so i think there are more important things to take care of.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  35. Caleb

    I think it would be better to work for $5.25 for the first 180 days because you would have a better chance of getting a job then you could get paid more after the 180 days so it will help you more.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  36. Darius

    i dont like the idea. since ive already got a job. i dont think it would work that well because employers would want to hire the teens to save money instead of the adults

    April 4, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  37. Jacob

    I would be willing to accept 5.25 an hour because even though its less money its still a constant amt. right now i just get money whenever i can help people out (not very often.) I would rather get a sustainable job and have a lower wage fro 180 days then not have a steady income at all.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  38. Samantha

    I don't think that they should have a training payment. Its unfair because your still doing the same job. But to get paid less? I don't think it has anything to do with age- its how good you do the job.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  39. Meghan

    I don't think that it is fair to be paid less because that it just saying that we are not as good as the adults. I feel like it isn't fair.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  40. Nicole

    I think that is would be fine for teens to be paid less than adults because would could definitely get more work out of the adults, not saying that teens aren't good workers, because they are. I just feel that the adults deserve the money more.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  41. Amie

    I think that there are positives and negatives to either option. I do think however, this could cause problems to the unemployment rate for older people. If an employer can hire someone for less than someone older than that may prevent an employer of hiring someone who has lost their job. On the other hand, it could also help with unemployment because employers could hire more people total. If a student absolutley needed a job it would be worth it. A lower paying job is better than no job at all.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  42. Zoey

    I think it's completely unfair for all of us who are under the age of 20 to get paid less than minimum wage. We need money too, our parents can't give it to us forever. I think teens would be less ambitious to look for a job if they knew they would be getting paid only $5.25/hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  43. Zak

    I think that if this is instituted it will need to be corroborated with other parts that make it so that we cant just be fired as soon as the 180 days are up. They could then just hire another teen for the next 180 days and it would just be a cycle of us getting ripped off. One of the few ways would be contracts that bind us to that job for a certain amount of time(more than 180 days), but I'm not about to sign anything that will put me in a position where I cannot leave, by my choice, without a large consequence.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  44. Damian

    I think that's stupid, I'd rather be payed 7.50 than 5.25. What's the point in giving us less??

    April 4, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  45. Paul

    Yeah this could hire more workers, but that doesn't necessarily mean it could get you more money. By the time minors are eighteen they would have to pay bills most likely. Meaning they might as well not have any money at all because they'd be wasting it all on bills and what not. We should all just live in the woods.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  46. Tyler

    I'm from Maine and I work, I do a good at what I do and if I have to find another job and get paid about three times less then what I make now. That would make me angry I would have to work about 30 extra hours. I now its to help people get jobs and make more open up but its at the same time unfair. I do NOT approve that bill.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  47. Tasha

    I would be ok with only making $5.25 for 180 days. As a teen it would be easer to get a job for the summer. If you are a teen and always asking your mom and dad for money for gas, food or to go get close then this would be a great way to start learning the ways of life.
    – april 4, 2011

    April 4, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  48. Deanna

    I think that if the teen is like sixteen that yes the training wage would be good because it would help teach them how to save up money, but if the person was over the age of eighteen trying to live by themselves then they would need more the five twenty five starting out.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  49. courtney

    Employer need more lunch time. The need more days off and hire adults. The major have to pay the bills!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  50. Emily

    I Would say no, young workers are worth more then older ones for jobs like retail, (Wal-Mart Etc..) we have more spring in our step! We should be paid 7.50 an hour like all other people. But also, maybe 5.25 an hour is good for the first 10 days for EVERYONE.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  51. Max

    I think it would be worth the risk of it since I want to be a veterinarian and help animals.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:20 am |
  52. BRYAN

    i think that they should keep it at $7.50 because kids already get less the adults and it makes the kids feel like they aren't worth as much as workers then the adult. also for $5.50 isn't even enough to buy your lunch for that week to take to work.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  53. Frank

    With an estimated unemployement rate of 20 percent for teen workers, I believe it is neccessary for some staes to lower the amount of minimum wage to help more teens get jobs.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  54. Grace

    If you need a job, you might go for the $5.25/hour pay. If you already had a job, you would go for the $7.50. It all depends on your job status: Do you need a job or do you already have one? It's a personal choice depending on who you are.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  55. Betsy

    Look at like this, if they're like me who have to buy and pay for things like a phone with they're own money and don't get an allowence it might be worth it. Plus we get experience for other jobs we acually want to do in the future. So I mean it not all that bad.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:35 am |
  56. Kaity

    I think that i would. Dreams are big and if this can help your "what i want to be" I'll do it!

    April 4, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  57. Kara

    Added on to my first comment, I would want to stay the same chances I have for 7.50/hr.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  58. marley

    if the job was fun and they let you work like 35 hours a week i would consider it

    April 4, 2011 at 9:46 am |
  59. bill

    yea it would work for a little while till they get their money.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  60. trey

    i think thsatsomthing to do is good for young adults to earn some money like me!!!! 😀

    April 4, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  61. Cody

    If you needed a job it would be ok. Plus it is only for 180 days then you would get minimum wage. So i am for it

    April 4, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  62. nick

    i think i would do if if i was guarented the job. but if it was up to chance i would rather take the 7.50 an hour

    April 4, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  63. Doug

    i think people should be paid more money for all the work they do

    April 4, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  64. victoria

    yes i would be happy to accept $5.25 instead of $7.50 if it helped my chances of getting a job. This is because any money is better than none at all. So people, stop being greddy and selfish and be thankful that the glass is half full, not half empty.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  65. Taran

    i would rather have the full amount to begin with because some places only let you work so many hours and sometimes only week ends so if you need the money its just not worth it

    April 4, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  66. Garrett

    I would take the $5.25 an hour because I would want a better job. If I did get a better job, I could always get paid more.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:53 am |
  67. Elon

    I think it is a good idea. Lower wage means more job opportunities and that means more money. Having lower wage is better that not being able to find a job and not getting paid at all. The idea of teens getting fired after 180 days is probably how most businesses would run, however very few teens will even be working for 180 days and also they can simply obtain another job, when your 180 days are up that means someone else's 180 days are too.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  68. justinn

    i think that i would rather get paid 5$ and have a job then not having a job, and not getting any $.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  69. Sabrina

    It is no far for teen to olny get $5:25 we should get $7:50. They should get more then that because we work hard. But what i think is that if they want us to work for them they should give us a job and pay us the right amount of money.

    April 4, 2011 at 9:57 am |
  70. Samantha

    I don't think it is fair that people under 20 only get 5.25. We should get the full seven dollars. just because we are younger dosent mean we wont work harder. Older people think younger kids will just slack off. Some younger kids that Ihave seen worker actually workbetter than older people.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  71. maverick

    I would think most people would rather have a job that pays money rather than not having a job at all because no job means no money.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  72. Andrea

    i would rather have a job i liked with payment of 5.25 per hour. if you wanted a job with 7.50 per hour theres more of a chance you won't have a job at all. i would rather most likely have a job with a little less pay than my chances of not having a job at all with more pay.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  73. Blake

    This is a good idea because wouldn't you rather have a job than not. I mean, if I were getting money that would be better than not getting money. All teens will use the money for is gas and their own personal uses, so just let them have a job so they don't take their parents money.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:06 am |
  74. Nick

    You get a job so that you can get payed more. not less. Teens need money for college, a car, or whatever. So i disagree.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  75. Holly

    I think that it's no fair that teens should get payed less! We have things to pay for too. Just think- car insurance, gas money, plus lots of teens start trying to save money for an apartment or house for when they're out of their own house.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  76. Preston

    I think that i would be happy to just have $5.25 and save it then to just have a full job and get $7.50 an hour. So justt be Thankful you have some money!

    April 4, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  77. Tylerr

    i think i would rather get paid 5.25 and have a better chance to get a job than not have a job and still get minimum even though it pays more.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  78. Kirsten

    To me I would just take the job. Even though I would prefer the higher payment I still would like to have a current job. With the unemplyment rate going up and down. I would be lucky to have a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  79. sydney

    I think that i would just take the job even though it doesn't have that much money. Because at least they have a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  80. Chelcie

    I would rather have a job and have a little bit of money then no jod and no money...

    April 4, 2011 at 10:10 am |
  81. Matthew

    I think it would be a good idea to have the law,because with job rates low,why wouldn't you take a better chance?Sure,you my get payed lower then min. wage,but it's better than no money at all.Besides,you only get payed lower then min. for 6 months then get payed norm. rate.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:14 am |
  82. christian

    I think that I would get payed at a lower price because it is hard to get a job. But i wouldnt be happy because that wouldnt be enough pay to support a family.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  83. Sage

    I think it's the states choice and do you really want to earn less money?

    April 4, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  84. sean

    I think teenagers need the money so they should do any job that pays.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  85. Daris

    I would like to keep my current chances of getting hired – but at $7.50/hour because you work hard and its hard to do everything.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  86. Dylan

    its up to the state

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  87. Brian

    I would rather be paid $5.25 and have a better chance of getting a job than be paid $7.50 and keep my chance of of getting a job the same.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  88. Saley

    I don't think it is fair. Kids will work really hard to get paid good and only getting 5.50$ an hour isn't fair for the kids. They should get paid just as much as anyone else. The age doesn't matter.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  89. Cody

    No. If teens want a job bad enough they should be willing to take initiative and work hard to get a job. If they lower the wage for 180 days and hire more teens there is a more likely chance of getting teens that aren't willing to work hard for there employer.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  90. Mikey

    I think that the training wage isn't really that fair. It would allow companies to take advantage of it and hire the same amount of people, but pay them less.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  91. Gabriel

    i think a training wage is good if you need and job and money but if you are really good at working they should get a minimum wage so if i had to chose i would chose training wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  92. valentina

    I think its worth gettin paid $5.25 an hour if you really need it ......And its only for 180 days.......................unless you really dont need the job i would wait until you find a job with a bigger wage (= (=

    April 4, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  93. Sarah

    you should get a cheaper employment rate for a job. A job with a higher employment would be a better job for us. Teens would have to find a job and have less money rather then higher money. teens should have a higher rate of money then a lower rate of money.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  94. Daris

    I agree with 7.50 dollars an hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:37 am |
  95. Wesley & Shad

    I think that it would be worth it to wait if you got paid an extra 3 dollars an hour. Teens don't have a need for money, they just want it. So it wouldn't hurt to wait for the full job.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  96. Fred

    I think we should have $5.25 an hour because at least you have a job and money when you are growing up. But the thing is I think that some of the food prices and gas should go down so we can afford it, but if they are good at that jod they should raise it.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  97. Tom

    I think it is wrong to take young people's money. Also i think it's wrong because some of us have to pay for a lot of things and that would make it not as easy to pay for stuff.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  98. Melissa

    I would accept the training wage because at least you are making some money, which is better than not at all. After the 180 days, you would be paid minimum wage, and if you think about it, that really isn't very long, especially if you like your job and are getting paid.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  99. antonio

    I would take the $7.50 because it is the state minimum wage. So i agree with geting $7.50 an hour. So i would keep the current chances of getting hired.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  100. Collin

    I say yes, because you get the money you need and have a good amount of time to work there. Also when your time working is up, you can just look for another job you are good at and you get a good amount of money.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  101. STACEY

    If I volentered for something that paises a lot or if I worked for only 6 0r 7 hours I would get at least $7.20. If i only worked for 3 or 4 hours I would get $4.15.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  102. Jessica

    I would keep the $7.50 wage. When people get used to working for the minimum wage and then this law gets passed it'd change their lifestyles.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  103. Persephone

    No. Before we know it, corporations will expect us to enjoy $3 an hour and die in debt.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  104. CHRIS

    I would take $5.25 an hour because I would have more of a chance of getting a job. It would be worth it to get paid $5.25 an hour because you would get a better job. People who are desperate should look for a job a $7.50 an hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  105. Louis

    I would work for the $5.25, because i would rather have a higher chane of getting a job some where.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  106. Katffi

    If you got payed $5.50 an hour compared to $7.50 an hour for 180 it is a difference of $360! For some people they might not be able to risk that much money and self-confidence just to get a better job.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  107. DreW

    i think that working for minimum wadge is good but i think working for 5.50 would help some people out. they have a job and are getting money. and money helps you plan your future a little better.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  108. Dianara

    I would like to get paid 7.50/hour than 5.25/hour becuase 5.25 is lower than 7.50 an hour. It better if you have job that pays better than 5.25. But if you really need the job i think you should get the job 7.50/hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  109. Zofia

    Im my opinion i rather take my chances and get hired and get 7.50/hour, because what I get is good enough.iwould rather get more money than less, i would take the chance.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:46 am |
  110. Arly

    In my opinion i think it would depend on the circumstances, although i think every body would rather work for more rather than less. I would say I'd rather take my chances to be hired getting payed at $ 7.50 the hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  111. Conner

    Everybody starts somewhere.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:47 am |
  112. aharon

    i think thats not right they are doing the same thing whats the point of it.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  113. Marcella

    well, I would rather get a job that pays $7.50 than $5.25.......im sure alot poeple would rather get a job that pays that much as well. though I disagree with this blog.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  114. Erik

    I would rather go with the job that pays $7.50 because it pays more than the training wage and it's the state minimum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:48 am |
  115. Aliah

    I think it is stupid because teenagers should get the same amount of money like adults because we are all just people who want a job to make money.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  116. Boblee

    Why get a job that a 20 year old thats doing the same job gets more money then you. You should get the same amont of money as them.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:50 am |
  117. triston

    Same job but less money is not ok but if the law let you work when you are 12 it would be ok. No one wants to work for less.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:51 am |
  118. Chandler

    I think that the "training wage" is unfair. I think that adults and teenagers should be payed the same wage. The only way that the "training wage" would be acceptable is if a teenager actually NEEDED a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  119. aaron

    yes and no, yes because it will prepare teens for there real jobs and they might need some extra money, And no because most teens do not want to work.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  120. James

    I think that teens getting paid less than someone else that does the same job but gets paid more is a bad idea because teens need the money more for school.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:53 am |
  121. Samuel

    I think that is not cool just because you are a teen you get paid less you should get paid the same amount for the same work.

    April 4, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  122. Brittney

    I think that they should be paid minimum wage because, what if people like when they're 18, need to get a job because they need to pay for their car, (if has one) house bills, furniture, insurence, college and so on. LIke my sister, she plans on moving out when she graduates. So, she needs as much money as she possibly can. So, I think even teens need the minimum wage. And it's also as if saying that teens are immature, and cannot handle things that adults can.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:02 am |
  123. jeremy

    i would rather be in full minium wiage becouase its for money for me to take care of a family eeven if i hate the job i would do it for my loved ones

    April 4, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  124. Vansh

    I think no. I think that the wage would distract kids from working towards bigger goals than some $7.50 per hour wages. I mean, if that is what you are looking forward to, than go ahead, take the wage. But if you aren't, It will probably be distracting you from trying to get a better job such as a big lawyer, or doctor.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  125. tanner

    i will take my chances with $7.50

    April 4, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  126. joe

    i think it is an outrage people pay kids today minimum wage and its not that hard to get a job its just saying we are worth less and its not worth getting 5$ an hour to do whatever

    April 4, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  127. Misty

    I think it's ridiculous that it would be effective for everyone under the age of twenty. 18 and 19 year olds are adults, and should be paid adult wages. Perhaps if it were effective for only those under 16 it would be slightly more reasonable.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  128. Ray

    hmm...... it depends, what are the hours? would you get payed 5 bucks for an hour? just one hour a day? perhaps I would. but if the hours were long, say 6 or 7 I would want to be payed more for wasting a whole day.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  129. Riley

    I think that you should be paid normal wage or minimum wage for you're work no mater how old you are

    April 4, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  130. George

    In some cases people applying for a job would agree with this situation, but personally, I think job appliances should stay the the way they are. If someone doesn't meet the job needs then, oh well.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  131. jasper

    i say that it is a good idea because teens can save money to buy what ever we want to get and more. the money sved can go to bikes , cars , college ,and even phones

    April 4, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  132. C.C

    i think its a bad idea because people r getting paid less and in one hand its good because there are more ppl working.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  133. Shelby

    I think that this is a hard descision, i can see how this can help but my question is... what about those teens who are trying to help their parents and keep food coming? Some teens take that responsibilty and it wouldn't be fair to them to get less than minimum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  134. Lauren

    that is unfair. some teens can work just as hard as any adult. So, if they get paid two or three dollars less, is totally unfair. I agree it could help giving out more opportunities for people getting jobs. But, at the same time they would get less hours, so not much much money going in, or coming out. So the people who deserve a raise, could start at five dollars, then gradually moves up to minimum wage, and even get a raise. So, it can go either way.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  135. Wyatt

    It'd make me feel as though i wold be replaced after 180 days because the company would save money and what about seasonal jobs ?

    April 4, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  136. Madison

    I wouuld want to keep my current chances of getting hired at $7.50/hour because, I would want to make more money! 🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  137. Ian

    I am yes, I think the opportunity for job is more worth than how much of money.
    Teens ,hired, can make not only money but a chance to know the value of sweat. It become the lesson for them and they can be developed.
    So, I agree with the training fee.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:26 am |
  138. Skye

    If I really needed a job I would take the $5.25/hour. But later at a different point in time I will probably change my mind.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  139. Astro

    I'd rather just get paid minimum wage to start. I know this decreases the chances of getting a job at all but I'd rather work the same amount of hours and get paid the same. It's not fair to put in the same amount of work and get paid less because you're younger.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  140. Lake

    I am going to be entering the work force soon and i guess the lower pay wouldbe worth the opportunities that we are offered. A teenager might not know as much so they can have the training period to learn about what they are doing. I like it.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  141. Baron

    I think it would worth it if you needed a job,instead of waiting for another job that pays more,and doesn't hire a lot of people. Money is money... Besides most teens don't have major bills to pay for. They would eventually move you up to a minium wage after a 180 days.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  142. Sergio

    It think this is not fair for teens and I think they should pay them what they deserve.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  143. Gary

    I think that if we can get the money then we should

    April 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  144. shatoya

    i would not want to be payed less even if it does mean i will get a better job

    April 4, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  145. Matthew

    I think they should pay teens just as much as adults because it's not fair if adults make $2 more than teens when they do similar work.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  146. morgan

    I think i would rather take my chaces and get payed minimum wage because if you are qualified for the job you will get hiered no matter how much they pay you and after a while they will have to pay you minimum wage any way what are they going to do when that happens? fire you and hire a new teenager...i dont think so

    April 4, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  147. Madison

    I would want to keep my current chances of getting hired at 7.50/hour, because I want to make more money! 🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  148. Anna

    I think we should just get payed the regular minimum wage.We could work just as good as the adults if we try hard enough. If we want a job we need to get out there and work hard to get it. We are all people no matter what age, we should all get payed the same. It is up to the manager to decide if you work hard enough to keep or to hire some one else.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  149. ginger

    i think it wouldnt matter all that much if you only wanted the money to just buy random stuff but if you really need the money to support your family or something then i think we should be payed the same amount as everyone else.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:30 am |
  150. jessie

    i say yes and no because some kids work hard for their money and then there are kids who just do it for the money. But after that 180 days you go to full minimum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  151. Sam

    I think it would be unfair to teens. Yes it makes sence but thats like hiring a 25 year old for somthing and paying him minimum wage then hiring a 15 year old and telling him you dont get paid as much because you are younger. And what if when you have worked 180 days they fire you and hire a new teen. I think getting a job and getting paid minimum wage is fine even if it is hard to find a job. You get a sense of acomplishmnt because you got that job over everyone else. And if you dont get it then that sucks try again.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  152. Sergio

    I think both teens and adults have the same rights and should be paid the same. This is not fair for teens to stop being payed the same just because of their age. This is an injustice to teens wanting to work.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  153. Jon

    I've had a job since i was 15 years old, and i got paid more than minimum wage since the day i started, i think that if you make that new minimum wage 5.25 than that will just make kids not want to work at all because they won't really get anywhere. the minimum wage wasn't invented for people that are older than twenty, its how hard someone works that determines their wage. I think it is really dumb and shouldn't even be thought about.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:35 am |
  154. bailie

    I think it is a good idea because then it will be easier to find a job and after 180 days then you get paid the real minimum wage. Some people will say that it isn't enough money, but most people start working at 14 so you don't need that much money anyway.

    April 4, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  155. Joey

    I don't think this is a good idea, yea it will give some teens more job opportunities but what about teens like me that all ready have a job my pay check will get lower and i wont have as much money to pay for gas, or school activities.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  156. Micaela

    Yes, If it would help me get a better job I would do the training. For all we know this could open our eyes to new goals. We might want to be a ballerina now but after the training we might want to be a lawyer.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
  157. julio

    no i would just keep what i have and just have thr chances of getting hired

    April 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  158. Jordie

    I don't think it's fair that adults are getting paid more for the same job as teens just because of their age. Teens have cars and college to pay for, it's almost the same as the adults.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
  159. deiondre

    ithinkthink thatits good that we are able to get an job an were able to get the regular sulary of an older person and that ithinkit dosent matter if you get tips or not you still should be able to getan regular salry

    April 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  160. Astrid

    It sort of depends. If you needed a job to support your family, then it would probably wouldn't be a very good idea, because it may not be enough money. But if you're just getting a job to waste some time and earn some extra bucks, you should be able to work for a lower wage tha normal.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  161. Jacob

    I thank that it is stupid! What happens if your parents kick you out when you are 18? Then you will have to live on 5 25 an hour?

    April 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  162. Kerigan

    I think they are just hurting us teenagers, because we need more money so we can save up for collage. We just got cars and we need to be able to pay for gas, so we can get to our job.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  163. Danielle

    I think that if we did get a job with $5.25 an hour i think that it would be okay and that it will only be for 180 days and that it is better than not having a job at all. But I see how some people could get upset and think that it is unfair but you still have a job and that is worth it.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  164. Thimathy

    I dont thank that kids should be treated poorly. When parents can make 17 dallars a hour. kids should not make 5 25

    April 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  165. Mickayla

    i want the 7.50 cause i want the money,i love the mall nd money. so i thank we stay with thesame dont change it.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  166. michael

    that really grinds my gears. people under 20 should be treated the same as the adults.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  167. Molly

    I think that you should do what you want to do. I would take my chances with the 7.50. My family is poor and we need the money.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
  168. Marie

    Being a high school student who has a job I feel students should get at least minimum wage. If students take the time to find a job and hold it while in school and keeping up with homework then they should get a pay check that is fair. Yes if they lower it then it will help more students find a job, but with the economy how it is students need as much help as they can get with paying for college, etc. Lowering the amount would make it more difficult.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  169. monty

    With more jobs avaible the unemployment rate will go down. The lowering of the unemployment rate can bring the same amount of money for each person for a better economy. In other words, more jobs will get created, and pay will improve with a better economy.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  170. Kara

    I would rather want the minimum wage, because i want to make more money. If we go to the lower one, then after a few months they could fire us and hire someone else to get the lower price and just keep doing that...

    April 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  171. Kimberly

    I think that its not fair to the kids that already have the job. They shouldn't get less just to make more jobs for others but then I could see how some kids could think that its fair because they might really need a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  172. Clubert

    I say that we should keep it the way it is. Even if they pass this bill there will still be the chance that we won't get a job. If they pass this law then others who don't take the job seriously will just be wasting others space and money. If passed I belive that keds will work for realatives to get money, and buisnesses will crash.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  173. Peyton

    i think kids shoud be paid in full not 2.25 cents less then people how are over the age of 20 becuse it not fair and we should be payed 7.50 not 5.25

    April 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  174. Jose

    I think it's a good idea, because, you'll get more people, and teenagers can work more, for more money. If they did $7.50 they wouldn't get as many people because you can't afford it, but if you had $5.50 you could get more people, and afford it.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  175. Madeline

    If it was between having no job and low wages, I would choose low wages. At less I would have a job and after 180 days I would be getting a minimum wage. It’s just a matter of patients.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
  176. Zach

    I am against this law because time is something of value to everyone regardless of your age. I believe that pay shouldn't be based on age, but instead quality of work and amount of time put in to the job.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  177. Lee

    i think it could be better for people form 16 to 18 other wise people are in college and such so they have to have more to pay for expences

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  178. Austin

    Living in North Dakota, it's easy for me to say no to a lower paying job because of how good our economy is here. We have a surplus of money and a surplus of jobs. If I were in a place without as many job opportunites, I would take a lower paying job because either way, it's a job. On the other hand, I would agree with the bill a lot more if it were for people under 17, rather than 20. People that are 18-20 aren't adolescents and shouldn't have their pay cut down because chances are they have real bills to pay.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  179. Jessica

    I would not want a job for $5.25 an hour. With the gas prices as high as they are, that kind of wage would barely get me to work and back. It would be cheaper to just stay home and not drive. Maybe if they made it ages 14 to 16, it would be more realistic because kids that age don't have bills just yet, and it's not a necessity to have money.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  180. Amber

    I would not take a job at $5 an hr because it would cost more to get to work and back then it would to be jobless. If this did happen hhow do they exspect people to pay for bills land schooling if they are only making $5 an hr. IF they do infact make this happen they should lower the age to 16 year olds because thats not logic to get paid that little amount if your older and have more resposibilites.

    Hey Carl ((:-D

    April 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  181. Alex

    Here in North Dakota, it is very easy for us young people to secure a job. The requirement of having a wage set at $5.25 for us would actually be a negative aspect of the bill since there isn't the incentive of having a better chance to get a job. People who already have a job should be grandfathered in, if this bill shall somehow passes. Getting paid significantly less isn't right. We are all equal individuals and should get compensated the same.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  182. Codee

    I think this law could be used if you changed the age limit. People 18-20 years of age are not gonna be able to pay off college or live off of a little over 5 bucks an hour. Also another thing to consider is how the people hiring will take advantage of this system. Will they only hire younger people due to cheap labor or fire them once the 180 days is up. I just see to many flaws in this law for it to be able to work.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  183. Addie

    I think it is a good idea for people who actually need the job. I don't like it overall though, I would take almost that much money to get to work in most places. Then after the 180days is up what happens?
    What if the company just lets them go and hires a new person to pay 5$ an hour to. If they don't let the person go, what are their wages going to go up to? It's not specific enough to make a decision on.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  184. Leah

    I don't think it is fair to pay kid under minimum wage wage to work. People who are 18 years old are more than likely going to college and they can not afford to take care of themselves if they are only making $5.25 an hour. If this law would pass the age should change to 16 and below.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  185. Amber

    Hello some teens dont live at home so yes teens do need more thatn $5 an hr some are just luckier then othere

    April 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  186. Josh

    This law is unacceptable and provides nothing beneficial for teens. If a teen wants a job badly enough, they'll find one. $5.25 makes minimum wage look wonderful so maybe this potential law would make a good threat and make teens appreciate the money they have the opportunity to make. Teens do have bills and need fair pay. If only being paid $5.25, teens would shy away from this job anyway and find something better to do.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  187. Nathan

    Personally, I say yes and no. I think this is a good idea but I think that the age should be below 16. I think the age should be lower because kids older than that need to start saving money to pay for college and with the gas prices as high as they are with the distance kids in my school have to drive the amount they would be making would barely suffice to pay for their gas bill.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  188. Katie

    I think that this is good so that you at least have a job. It is better to make something than nothing. I think that the age limit should be changed to under 16 though because at that age most students don't have as many expenses to pay.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  189. Kaylie

    I think it be worth it. First of all if your'e under twenty you need money and you can't find a job 5.25 isn't all that bad. Also, if you work hard you can get hired as a full paid employee. You also gain work experince that is valueble to getting a better job and could even help you get into college.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  190. Michaila

    Okay, with unemployment being as bad as it is, many adults are looking to get jobs teens would normally get. My dad's running out of unemployment, so he's looking into being a stock boy. So it might not be a bad idea in this economy because employers want to hire the cheapest labor.
    But then teens don't really need money to pay for food and rent because their parents should take care of that, so maybe they should give the job to the older person who has a family to care for, so this bill would be bad for unemployed adults who can't find work anywhere else because the job would go to the teens.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  191. MARIo

    My feelings about this is I don't agree because there cheating them like there worser than oyher employees.On the other hamd, there is better opporunitey to get a job. Finally, it's bad because it's not enough money to pay for collage.That's how I feel about this situation.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  192. Drake

    I agree because thou you earn less you have greater chance for a better job and in this econimy it is good to have a better job with a greater pay and the money can help you pay for college.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  193. Kristel

    It should be $7.50 per hour because most teens come for the job to go to college and college cost alot so I would not accept only $5.25 per hour. 🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  194. katelyn

    well its not fair to teenagers because there saying that teenagers arent worth as much as adults and i dissagere

    April 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  195. briana

    I think that the minnimum salery should be higher depending on the work that is being provided from the workers.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  196. Mary

    Hmm... A tough decision.... If I were a teen, I would like to get payed more... But econemy is big these days. So I would rather choose having less money an hour and more of a chance of getting hired. Our parents want us to have a job and good life.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  197. Abraham

    If it were me, I would not accept the training wage. Some of us probably are more responsible and hard-working than the adults. It might be a good idea to determine their wage based on their interview.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  198. Kade

    For some people, it doesn't matter the money that there getting.
    Its better not loosing your job, $7, $5,
    its just a two dollar difference...
    If you don't have a job, you can't pay your bills, and you would eventually loose your house,
    but if you kept the job, but get less money, you'd stil be getting paid,
    so you probibly have enough money to pay your bills.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
  199. Mary

    Hmm... A tough decision.... If I were a teen, I would like to get payed more... But econemy is big these days. So I would rather choose having less money an hour and more of a chance of getting hired. Our parents want us to have a job and good life.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm |
  200. emily

    I think it's an ok idea beacaus it's easier to get a job but u make less moneybut over all it's a pretty good idea and it's only for 180 days

    April 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  201. Emma

    I would work minimum wage for the same chance of getting a job. A lot of teen agers are smart and they have a good chance of getting a good job even without the $5.25 an hour. Most teens don't necessarily need a job. They might want a small job working at a fast-food restaraunt or something like that for their own money, but I don't know what they would do with it. I am fine with other people thinking that $5.25 an hour is fine for a teen ager that is accually a good pay. I just think most teen agers have a good chance of getting a job and they should work for the full $7.50.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
  202. chelsea

    I think that it would be worth it if you needed a job. What is better some low paying job or no job at all personally i would rather have a low paying job than no job at all at least you would have some monies to support your own self and not sponge off the goverment!

    April 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm |
  203. Mario

    Getting a job is hard anywhere now a days. If lowering just 2 dollars for a better chance to get a job yes i would who wouldn't want to have a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
  204. Jenny

    I think it would be worth it in the long run. For some teens, this would be a nice transition into the working world. The only problem would be if teens that were hired under this program did in fact need minimum wages to help support their family or themselves. We can't forget about those that have been emancipated.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  205. Rich

    This is degrading towards teenagers because it's like they're less than every other worker. Teenagers especially the ones that are working want to feel equal to not less than.
    I don't agree with this training wage because it's not a good idea and most teenagers get jobs to save money or help their families out. Cutting the wages they make will make it harder for them.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  206. rayshad

    I think that kids and adults should get paid equally :):):):):):)

    April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  207. Waleel

    its better because more money you have, the less you sit around the house. a lower paying job or no job at all.Think about it and its only for 180 days, then theyd move up to minium wage. Its worth it because on top of it its for teens anyway. mOST TEENS DONT HAVE MAJOR BILLS. They just want gas money and money to spend\save.

    April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  208. Indya

    I think it would be worth it. If it gives me a better rate at getting a better and higher paying job, I would be up for it

    April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  209. Manuel

    This law isnt fair, kids should get paid the same as the adult workers, because their doing the same job. And some young people that work sometimes are actually trying to get money or something like that

    April 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  210. Kyra

    I think that all workers should make the same amount of money. Teenagers need the money to save for college and car insurance and other wants and needs. If they get payed less, how are they suppose to be able to pay for a future. If everyone is doing the same work, there is no need for one to get paid less then another

    April 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  211. zach

    i think if you need the money you should start off with low amount and then work your way up to a high amount and a better job doing something else like being a manger of the job you are at or get a raise
    or find a better job that pays good wages.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  212. alyssa

    i think it a good cause most teens dont have jobs cause of the budget cut and if we have a lower wag we would have more peopel to get gobs and that way we should get lower cuts

    April 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  213. Jordan

    i think that the rule is unfair because some kids get jobs because they need the money then and they won't be getting it by being payed less

    April 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  214. Cameo

    I dont really care as long as im getting payed something and I just personally dont care but for the people who do care just forget about it your still getting paid right as long as your getting paid who really cares.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  215. Cade

    I think that it is very unfair to give teenagers less money than adults. They're doing the same thing as adults so they deserve as much as they do.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  216. nicholas

    i think i would pick to have$5.25 an hour and while i have that job i would look for another ob tha pays $7.50 an hour. idont think tha we should have a training wage because u would only have 180 days to find another job that pays $7.50 an hour. i also think that it is horrible that the unenployment rate is at 8.8% .

    April 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  217. gabe

    I think that it is stupid because everyone one diserves the same amout of pay it makes it seem like older people are more important than youger people.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  218. Lexi

    I would not mind getting less as long as I have a job but I also don't want people over 20 making fun of me that i'm getting less.So it's a half-half situation i guess.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  219. Chris

    If you really think about it, it's better than not having a job a all. But on the other side it's not fair getting payed less than others.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  220. Izaiah

    That's the most crayzest thing i've ever heard. If they do that it would be life stealing there labor and hard work they put in.To me thats not right.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  221. Kassy

    It is unfair if teens are doing just as much work maybe more as adults and get paid less. They say kids are the next generation but shouldn't they endure that situation. I mean like if we are the next generation then wouldn't the adults want that generation to be just as good or better. The teens should be treated equally and have the same amount of respect as the adults working. Teens usually just want to do their own thing not work and the teens that do work care about themselves and how they end up in life.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  222. nate

    my opinion on this situation is teens and adults need to get equal wages if there doing the exact same jobs and same hours.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  223. Sam

    I believe the training wages are appropriate because it not only gives more opportunity to teens, but to the employers as well. The majority of teens have little job experience, so they should earn less, until they have proven they can maintain a job. It gives teens the sense that they actually have to EARN something. Which is a lesson many need to learn.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  224. Daisy

    I think its stupid. But if you really need a job just get it. Its better than not having a job. Teens dont really have big bills to pay. Its only 180 days Then they'll move up to minium wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  225. Roman

    If the kid could get the same job as an adukt then he should get the same payment.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  226. Eliza

    They both are good, but I think i will stick with the regular minimum wage. it will be better pay for people.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  227. Noah

    I think it should stay the way it was. because i dont like what there doing. That is what i think.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  228. Ash

    id rather get less money, and get a job. then get the regular pay and not be able to get a job. any amount of money we can get at the moment helps out a bunch.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  229. Sarah

    Yes, what if you need people if you pay them 50.00, and you need 10 people you can't pay ten people 50.00 each so-yes

    April 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  230. Winston

    I think that the training wage is not fair because the people are doing the same work for the same amount of time, they should get the same pay. that is what comunism is and America is not a communist country.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  231. donald

    i think there should be a happy medium where it is fair for the employed and the employers

    April 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  232. Bailey

    I would say no because everyone should get the same amount of money. If i was an teen working at my job and I work way harder than an adult that works there, but they still get more money it would make me very upset. No also because the world is trying to get the enployment rate up...yeah it's not gonna happen by that. 🙂

    April 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  233. Liam

    I would definately take the 5.25 an hour, mainly because its better than no money at all. If you do a good job, then there is even that possibility that you would get a promotion or raise.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  234. Katelynn

    Think about it.. would you rather get payed $5.25 an hour or not at all? I know that I would rather get that $5.25. It would allow more job openings all over the country. It may not be the best situation for some people but it sure would be for that 8.8% of people that don't have jobs. Plus, the people that would only be getting payed $5.25 would be teenagers who need some extra cash. Its not going to last forever... it'll be for 180 days!

    April 4, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  235. Marshal

    KEEP IT THE SAME! even though the business wont get as many workers, but the workers will get more money. We need money. especially now the price of gas.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  236. Paige

    I would much rather get paid minimum wage, even if it could hurt my chances of getting a job. I agree that it devalues young workers, if I can do my job just as well as the adult next to me then why would I need "training wages"? Cut my wage because I'm not doing my job right, not because I'm young.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  237. Micah

    I think they should go down to the 5.25 wage so that more people can work. Most parents want their kids working instead of sitting in front of the T.V. by moving this minimum wage to the "training wage" it could get more teens working. If they dont like this "training wage" they should look on the bright side of things such as: more people are getting hired and they are still getting paid.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  238. Matthew

    People should always be payed at least minimam wage. Because that is the amount of money you need to support yourself.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  239. Charles

    I think it should stay the same because people who deserve the job more than the others should get the job because they're better workers. Being the best worker out of the four in your group but getting paid the same [under minimum wage] just dosen't seem fair to me. I would try and find a job somewhere where i could get paid fairly even if it is minimum wage. That's just me.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  240. Hayden

    I think it could be good both ways but yet bad. Because the more people the hire is good but they may not be able to help their family. If you are getting paid minimum wauge then that can be good but less people having a job!

    April 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  241. sara

    I think that we should go with the new idea because alot of people are out of business and they need money to support their families. So I think it would be better to do this so more people get jobs even though th ey will be getting less, it doesn't matter at least they have money coming in.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  242. Tiffinie

    No, I disagree with this proposition. Businesses are not supposed to judge you on your age, they're supposed to judge you on your ability to do your job. It shouldn't matter how old you are, so long as you can do your job right. Everyone should be started on minimum wage and not this "training" wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
  243. Trixie

    I don't think a training wage is necessary, especially when it's for 180 days. It usually doesn't take that long to learn a job anyways. I know that if I only got paid $5.25 an hour I probably wouldn't keep my job. I think everybody deserves the same wage, especially when we all do the same amount of work. Teens like myself who are involved in many extracurriculars don't necessarily get that many hours per week anyways, so this training wage would definitely hurt our paychecks.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  244. santo

    I think I would be able to accept 5.25 an hour, if it meant I could get a job. Better to have a job that pays that much than not to have a job at all. Plus it's only for 180 days, so then it goes up to normal minimum wage. I think it’s a good idea if it actually gets teens jobs. And I would expect that it comes with a mandatory contract so employers can't just hire and fire every 180 days. If there is a guarantee of a job for more than the 180 days and, then I say go for it!

    April 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  245. Yasmine

    I would accept this wage, and find out ways to make myself become more valuable after 180 days. I believe that the ability of someone is crucial when finding a job, this program might meet the need for both employees and young workers.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  246. Jackson

    It is better in the long run to have less money, but a better job because you will have plenty of time to build up money and you need a good job first.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  247. MacKenzie

    It can go both ways... if you are a teen and have a car then you probably want more than just $5.25 an hour so you can pay for gas. On the other hand, if you are at the age that you dont have a car then you can probably live with $5.25 and save up.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  248. Alexandra

    I understand that this gives teens more oppurtunities to have a job and it helps businesses to be able to have more employees, but in my personal opinion I believe that it makes teens feel like we do not deserve as high pay as adults.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  249. Seth

    This is easy, yes you want the bill to pass if it does there is a higher chance that you will get a job. You get less money but you get a job and most teens just need gas money and money to save unless your eighteen and have an apartment.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  250. Harrison

    At the younger ages like 14 to 17 it wouldnt be as bad. But say if you were in college i would want to have a bigger wage. Therefore yes and no.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  251. Seth

    also its only for 180 days then you get minumum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  252. Zachary

    I would be willing to get payed at 5.25 because i mean its only for 180 days and than you will get payed at 7.50.....

    April 4, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
  253. Pat

    The decrease in pay would make them work longer hours and would make them more tired for other things that they have to do.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  254. Kat

    I honestly don't think it "devalues" us, because at least we are making money. If I could find a way to make money like that other than doing chores at home I could go and work at a place I would think about working at when i'm older, instead of volunteering. It prepares us for work in the future.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  255. george

    I allready have a job so i hope that when i get another job at a restraunt or somewhere els that they wont lower the pay of kids.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  256. Alex

    It would be worth the waiting of 180 days and plus if you have the required training you might have a chance of getting an even better job than minimum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  257. brianna

    I think you should get paid the same as everbody else even if you are young

    April 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  258. Amy

    I say No cause Men and Women should get paid about the same and if they don't then it would not be fair enough.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  259. juan

    i think this is totally unfair, in my opinion this is considered discrimination. Us teens are the future. We can do jobs that require carrying big stuff..but in the other hand, some older people can't.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  260. snooki

    To pay an adult moree than a child is unconstitutional. Every man is equal! That would be the same as paying a man more than a woman. So why should kids get payed less?

    April 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  261. Thayne

    I do not think that it is fair that it is fair that teenagers would be getting paid less than adults at the same job. It is age discrimination.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  262. Shelby

    i think its unfair, teens should be paid the same as adults i think that teen are the future

    April 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  263. luis

    i think is unfair that we get pay less then other person thats older than 20 years if were doing the same job. so in conclusion i think THIS IS STUPID THAT WE GET PAID LESS IF WE DO THE SAME JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  264. hunter

    I think that is not right.They should pay each other the same amount of money.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  265. Jonathan

    It is not fair we teenagers have to work the same amount as some older person and get paid less, that's not cool! Plus maybe that older person is lazy and we work harder but he still gets paid more!

    April 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  266. victor

    that is messed up teens should be payed for the same amount as someone that is 20 even if they work at the same job

    April 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  267. Clyde

    Id say its not a good idea at all.. this law would start to make kids not want jobs because they wouldn't be making as much as other co-workers, and they could be working just as hard as anyone else..

    April 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  268. Jacey

    I don't think tihs is a good idea. I think that if a teenager and an adult put in the same amount of effort, then they should be paid the same. But if an adult or teen didn't put any effort in their work, then they should be the ones with less money. It makes more sense that way.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
  269. steven

    people think just because teens or yunger we cant get respect...Most teens have to support for there parents because they arn't stable anough to get a job..alot of teens are haveing kids and could rilly use the extra cash..we are the futur ...

    April 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  270. Dominick

    I think that teens should be payed in full min. wage because some of them might be really good at what their doing maybe even better than the people that get paid the standard min. wage, and some people that apply for a job might really need the money they are working for.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  271. Ted

    It may seem that the employer is making them look like they aren't worth as much, but they would have a better chance of getting employed if they were willing to work for less money.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  272. Orion

    I think that they should pay them the money that they deserve because if they needed the money so that they could buy the stuff they need like gas for their car. I can understand why some people like the idea of the lower pay because then more people would be able to get a job. But I still think that they should pay in full wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  273. Nikki

    I would love to work, I don't think it matters how much you're being paid as long as you're getting payed. I mean what's better having a job and getting payed or not having a job at all. I would rather work now so I can get used to working as an adult. Besides I'm sure that if you did decide to do this you would get credits for college or highschool which would help you even further.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  274. Keenan

    Teens shouldn't get payed less because of our age.What happened to equal rights?Teens should get payed as much as adults it's only fair.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
  275. Sam

    Its a good idea it might not be the same but at least your getting paid for working as long as your getting paid for something I call that a good thing

    April 4, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  276. Russell

    I think its a good idea. Then again if you get a job you will probably keep the job a little longer than 180 days and you would get a better pay. I like the idea but then again i don't like it. But if I needed a job i would take it no matter what the pay. If you fire them in 180 days you would hire another person under 20 and i am sure that the person that got fired would be pretty mad.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  277. Alexis

    I think the adults should get more than the teenagers, because they have more experiences in life.So i say Yes, It would be worth to get that amount for 180 days than to not get paid at all! Teenagers could really use the money for life savings,house,car,And sometimes Child support.Also Adults usually all ready have houses,jobs,cars, Etc.
    I think teens could use the money more than the adults can.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  278. Peter

    Normaly, I would say that it is completely adaquite, taking int account the average skill set and work ethic of the average teenager. However, there are some very important problems that no-one seems to be picking up on. Number one: we are in the beginings of an economic depresion. This means that of all the times to try something fancy with pay rolls, this is the worst time to do so. Number 2: it will increase adult unemployment rate. Since teens are cheeper, they will fire all of their more expierienced workers, some of whom may be trying to raise a familly, so that they can get cheep grunt work. Number 3: it elliminates any chance to get a pay raise for 180 days. Untill 2 of these problems are ironed out, it's not going anywhere (the first problem probably will not get ironed out for awile).

    April 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  279. Mark

    I think having them get paid less is an okay idea. Getting less money per hour is better than getting no money. However, I think they should have to keep the teen for a certain amount of time after the 180 days to keep the company from just hiring a new teen and to pay them minimum wage again.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  280. jonnythan

    i think by saving the money you will have enough to do the things you needs to do in life.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  281. Christo

    I think yes because what if you really needed a job. What if they need money for themselves for the gas, clothes, shoes, etc.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  282. Katelyn

    well its not fair to teenagers because there saying that teenagers arent worth as much as adults and i disagere

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  283. Isis

    I say yes because it's doesn't matter at least you get paid.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  284. Kayla

    I would be willing to be payed less and hour and have better chances of getting a job in the future. You have to be thinking about you future and what might work out better in it. You can make more now and possibly less when you need it or you can make less now and possibly more when you need it.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  285. Patricio

    I say yes and no because the training wage might get the teens to stay more time but some need the money.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  286. Katelyn

    well its not fair to teenagers because there saying that teenagers arent worth as much as adults and i disagree

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  287. Alexis

    i would not pass the law because if people are getting paid less than the minimum wagde then some of them wont even be able to pay their bills. Which will cause them to have to find a better job which will get even more uneploment people.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  288. Samantha

    I think it's unfair to give younger people less money when they're doing the same job that the people who are twenty-one years and older are doing.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  289. Samantha

    If it gets teens jobs I think most teens can handle being paid that especially because you are only paid that for 180 days then you move up to minimum wage. Sooner or later you could be moved up again.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  290. Michael

    I think it is not worth it because you work at lower than minimum wage for 180 days and then they fire you. We should be treated the same as adults.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  291. Arturo

    I think this a great opertunity for teens because is shows them how buisness works.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  292. Araceli

    Just think of it if you need a job? You would only be 180 days then they will move the minium wage. It's kinda of worth it.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  293. Tierra

    I think that its a good idea because moneys money for 180 days till you get minium wage so wat were teens no bills just life

    April 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  294. Madison

    If would depend on personal preference. If you want to have a good job, then you shouldn't mind how much money you earn. But some people want a higher pay.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  295. Sabrina

    I think that this is a bad idea. Most teenagers need money to stay in a house, or to be able to move out of your parents house. $5.25/hour is really cheap for 180 days. What if they just keep people for 180 days and then they fire them and rehire new ones. Then the patter could continue.

    April 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  296. Marcus

    Why would it matter we are kids most of us just want jobs so why be picky. I guess it would make people mad but a job is a job and moneys money don't be picky.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  297. Henry

    This is crazy, if jobs are so hard to find for teens... how come so many teens have them. i dont think they should do this because we want to make the most money possible so i dont think this would help anything

    April 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  298. Rutta

    I would take the 5.25 an hour because its better to be paid something instead of nothing. I do not think it is offensive that they want to pay people under the age of 20 less. I think this could help more people get jobs if they are going to start for less money.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  299. Brandi

    I think I would rather have the lower payment. I would rather have a job and a lower payment, than no job. Also, I know my parents would help out if I need a little more money than I make.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  300. tyler

    I would take the job because i need the money and i could save up but i also don't like that they would be paying teens less but if its only for 180 day i would really still do the job. I think that it would make it easier to get a job and a lot faster to get one. I have been looking for a job and i cant get one and i really want one and need a job.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  301. Chauncey

    I would take it. Any money is good money. But I don't think that's fare. people under that age need money to still, especially if there living on there own and need the money

    April 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  302. jessica

    Personally I would take it. I think its okay for people under 20 to get paid that much because some live with family and not on there own.7 dollars would be a little nice though.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  303. robert

    it would be worth it if the only chance you will get a job is to take the 5.25 a hour. it is better for low pay then no job at all. it it is only for a little while then you go back to 7.50 a hour. most of the people are teens. they do not have the major bills. They only have a cellphone bill their parents might pay for them.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  304. Bryan

    It would be worth it if you needed a job. Only geting paid that much for that long its not worth it, while u can get paid $7.50.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  305. Andrew

    Ive been having a hard time finding a job recently, so i think this training wage is a good call.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  306. Aftin

    This could be a good thing but also a bad thing I mean it helps a lot of kids that need jobs but what if the companies take advantage of this and hire you for ony the 180 days... Then you will be out of a job and you have to start over with your 5.25 payment instead of actually getting the amount it should be, 7.25.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  307. Delana

    I would be willing to take the job because if you needed a job it would be a good way to get money. Then you could save for something important if they needed something for emergencies such as an older teen if they got a flat tire they could pay for a tow or whatever. But it is a lower paying job and they are saying that we are not important with the lower paying job. So it would be a yes/no for some teens.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  308. Aaron

    I think that this would be a good idea if teens were the ones that really needed the jobs, but I think that it is the people that are older that really need the jobs.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  309. Trevor

    I think that it would still be worth it for the younger people getting the jobs because it would only be for 180 days and they would still earn some income from the job. It is favored twoard the younger people though because they are being payed less. Also, more qualified adults would be less likely to get the jobs because the businesses would have to pay more to get them. So, the only disadvantage to this is that unemployed adults would not be able to support themselves or their family as easily.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  310. April

    I that this would be a good idea because if teens have been looking for a job for awhile this would be a great opportunity for them. It is a way to get to make some money.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  311. Jamaal

    I believe the training wage being lowered is ridiculous and obsered. Teens should have every right to be as equal as any other person in the work environment. Period.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  312. Cammie

    I think there are some benefits, but teens might feel their hard work has less value. I would rather have a lesser chance of getting a good paying job than a greater chance of getting an okay-paying one.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  313. clayton

    i would rather try and find a job that pay 7.25 then work at ajob that pays 5.25 and after you time is up for all you now they could just fire you and in those 180 day of making 7.25 you could get a rase on like making 5.25 for 180 days straight

    April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  314. Bayan

    I honestly don't think it's fair because us teen are no different than adults we deserve a fair amount of pay. Think about it like this they are treating us like the men treated the woman back than in disallowing them to vote.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  315. Karalynn

    For 180 days, I think that teens can deal with a lower wage. If they are good enough for the job and can keep the responsibility of the job, then after the 180 days they deserve the full wage/ benefits of the job.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  316. Jacob

    I think that it is a bad idea because that if you do get hired and more people do aswell after the 180 days they would end up firing people to maintain a balance in wages.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  317. Skyler

    It's only 180 days, people. If you're competent enought at your job to endure the training, then you're worth being paid minimum wage.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  318. mallory

    I think that the prices should be lowered because there is not alot of jobs out there. It would be a great opportunity for more people looking for jobs to have a higher success rate. I think it would be a great experiment for 180 and believe we should give it a try

    April 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  319. Bayan

    I think its unfair we should be payed the same amount as adults we work just as hard. It's true we might have less experience than adults but we are trying to save up money for important things in life like college!
    I sure plan on going there when I grow up.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  320. Nick

    In response to Amber who said:"Hello some teens dont live at home so yes teens do need more thatn $5 an hr some are just luckier then othere". The only legal way teens would live on their own is if they filed emancipation from their parents and the percent of teens that file emacipation from their parents is very low. So, teens don't have major bills such as rent. Therefore they only need spending, gas, college, and car money. And if they live alone away from home THEY WOULDNT HAVE MONEY FOR COLLEGE OF A CAR ANYWAYS!!!

    April 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  321. Matt

    I believe that lowering the pay for teenagers would be better for the economy, however, I think that in some families cases, if they do not have a lot of money this could be an unfair advantage to them versus wealthier ones. This might also bring ageism into the picture. I do think that this would be a good idea just to bring experience into younger peoples lives so that they can grow not only physically, but also mentally.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  322. Mary

    I think it is a good idea. It may be less then minimum wage, but having money and having a job is better then no job and no money at all.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  323. Seth

    I might be wrong but my sister is applying for a jod and she is only 16 and she could get it, but if she's to young then lowering working ages will really help young adults with money

    April 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  324. Christian

    I would take this deal because at least i still make money then

    April 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  325. mario

    i would save money in the bank becuase if you ran out than you would have money

    April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  326. Rachel

    I think that as long as I'm getting paid a good amount for the work that I am doing, i don't care, just as long as it doesn't go down to 4.50.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  327. Carly

    I rather get a better chance at getting a job with $5.25/hour than not having a good chance and getting $7.50/hour.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  328. Tyler

    I think it's good to get people thinking about money at a young age, lets them learn how to save money.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  329. Myranda

    I would want to have the $5.25/ hr just for the better chances of getting a job. But, if you were to choose would you want a job that doesn't pay well or would you want lower chances and higher pay?

    April 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  330. Ian

    Yes. If I had a better chance to get a job that's a better chance to get a future instead of doing an internship.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  331. Natalie

    Minimum wage is made for a reason. People made this so people weren't taken advantage of, which it feels it happening now. Yet, for some teens, the only option may be to accept whats availible. Scraping the bottom of the barrel's becoming way too common.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  332. Miranda

    I personally would take the job now for 5.25 per hour because it is important to get jobs when you are still at a young age. It is too hard for kids our age to get any job but babysitting/dog/garden sitting. I know all my friends as well as me would take advantage of an opportunity like this. Not only is it giving kids a job but it also has to teach kids about time management as well. If kids are going to have a job 180 days of a year, they are going to need to learn to manage their time. So over all it has a lot of pros. I think enough people would care that it would make sense to do something like this.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  333. Grant

    I think it would fantastic.... I mean for like the right job you know... its money in the pocket so what

    April 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  334. Troy

    All I got to say to that is that I better still be able to get what I want or I will go on a boycott!

    April 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  335. Daphne

    I would love to be paid $5.25 an hour if it meant I had a job. Teens can use the experience and the money.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  336. Geophphrie

    If it gives us a better chance to get a job, I'm all for it, I don't know exactly how we can complain besides the fact that it may make us feel like we're not worth as much. Besides, Making only a little bit less for 180 days sounds like a good pay off.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  337. lexi

    I think that it's a good idea. Because then teenagers would have a job and some of there own money. Instead of having no job and no money. It's better then nothing and having nothing is not that fun. Teenagers should be happy with what they have other than crying about having not what they want.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  338. michael

    i would want to have a better chance of getting a job so i would take the $5.25/hr. and if you think about it the money will add up so if you could get a job easier the money is going to add up and it will be more benifical for the $5.25/hr.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  339. Brezzy

    Man they better gone some where with this bull! We teens should be treated with the same respect as the adults! I mean come on, how can they do something like this?

    April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  340. Ethan

    I think that would be awesome i would defenetly be a good idea i would work full time for a little less money and it would help the econamy.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  341. Chandler

    I really don't agree with this so much. I like the fact that we can get a job easier, but I want my full pay of $60 for eight hours instead of $60 for over eleven hours. I want my full pay, even if it is harder to get a job in the first place.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  342. Halle

    I say this is not very good. A teen does a job, gets less money than the law permits, and then gets fired? That sounds little bit harsh and also mean, in my opinion.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  343. logan

    i don't think kids should get paid less because the same work is getting done only for less that dose'nt make sence

    April 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  344. Jared

    I, Jared, would rather get paid $5.25 an hour. As a kid i think that if you dont get a job you will not be payed anything. if you take the job as $5.25 its still good for a kid.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  345. Alec

    Yes, I would capatalize on this offer. If i were a teen, there wouldn't be much of a chance I would recieve a high paying job at age 21 anyway. So before I get a job in my major for college, I would definitely work for 5.25/hr.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  346. Justin

    I think that the people that get the same job and one person is promoted and gets a raise but still does the same work is not fair to the oher people that still do the same work as the promoted person.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  347. Bryan

    I think teenagers should not be paid less than what the law says. But in my opinion, I think that the Teens should get paid more as they grow up so they experience what is like to work and get paid. But mostly the teens would learn how to save money and how to spend it.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  348. Gabriel

    I think the job idea is a very good idea. It will help teens save money and teach them how to save money.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  349. Brianna

    Getting $5.25 an hour is unfair, as well as being less than minimum wage. I would rather go for a higher amount of money. I believe my chances of getting the job should be based upon my good interview and/or application, not based on on if I'm open to being paid a small amount.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  350. Grace

    I don't think kids should get paid less. It's not fair that adults get paid more. We all work the same so I think we should get the same ammount

    April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  351. Justin

    I think the job is a very good idea. It will help teens save money.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  352. Brooke

    i think it is unfair because you should be paid mor for jobs likie theese:)

    April 5, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  353. PCYS Classroom

    We think that this should nit be passed a a law because we work for the same amount of hours as the average adult and we feel like we should be paid the same. If this law is passed i think that there will be an up roar because its simply not fair teens get jobs to save money for college or for there first car and you kind of take that hope away when your going to have to work many more hours and strive what little money that you will make.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  354. Jared

    You got to make money cause of how bad the economy is right now so i would go with the 5.25 an hour cause right now in the world getting a job can be difficult

    April 5, 2011 at 11:20 am |
  355. Tali

    Some teens are angry and insulted that they might earn less than their parents, but $5 an hour is still a lot of money, and most of these people are fed and housed by their parents. I know that I would do anything to have a job, but where I live, people are being laid off left and right.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  356. Karson

    i beleive they should pay teens less because they can work there way up to the regular adult wage.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  357. Julia

    I think teens should get paid the same amount as adults.If teens are doing the same job as the adults they should get paid the same amount.But i would also agree with them getting paid less because they are younger and you have to think some people dont even get paid and at least they do get paid some of it.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  358. Justin

    no, because its hard enough as it is for teenagers to make a living on minimum wage, making less wouldnt really help your current situation, and like it says, it MIGHT help you get a job, its not for sure

    April 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm |
  359. Jackson

    I would be happy to make any money at all because for right now, kids under 16 can't make any money in real businesses out in society.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
  360. Melnikia

    i honestly think they should pay teens under the age of 20 the same amount as an adult. if they had a guarantee policy that says if you work a job for 180 days at 5.25/hr, then you are 100% guarenteed a job and get paid 7.50/hr as a 20 yr. old would make. i would definitely work at that wage and work my way up to the top.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm |
  361. steve

    i think that they should give an gurantee that you would get a job if they pass this bill it would really help the ecomony since the youth can be considerd the most consumers

    April 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
  362. Jahkeem

    I think that the training wage is a good idea because it allows opportunities for students to get jobs.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  363. Will

    I disagree with the wage training program because if you are working 180 days for $5.25 an hour, in the end you will only make $945 while compared to working $7.50 an hour you would have made $1350. This is $405 difference and seems to be unfair.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
  364. travis

    i think this is a very bad idea cause it cuts the younge people back on wages that can get a job that work really hard and don't have much proubloms getting jobs

    April 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  365. Dani

    I have a job, and just because other people can't seem to find one I do not want to get paid less so they will have more jobs for the people who don't work. I think it is everyone's own responsibilty to find their own job, not to rely on someone else to help them out.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  366. Vanessa

    No. I currently work for $12.65 an hour. Just because I am younger does not mean I am not able to do a good job. Wages should depend on how good of job you are doing, not how old you are. I think we need to be encouraging our young people to work hard. Lowering wages by two dollars is not going to help improve our case. Employers have to make decisions, and it shouldnt be based on age, but on their need.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  367. Brittani

    I don't think this is a good idea. Even if people have a better chance to get a job it doesn't mean that they are going to. It makes it so the hard working citizens get a major pay cut. Citizens who are unemployeed are usually unemployeed becuase they do not really want the job. if they had the eduacation they could get a job somewhere.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  368. Janessa

    It all depends on where you live. If there really aren't problems with getting a job in the area where you live, I would prefer getting paid the states minimum wage. On the other hand, if you live in an area that has a huge population, it would probably be more beneficial to have the "training wage." Then more students or teens could get jobs and the unemployment percentage would become smaller. I personally live in a place with a low population, so most teens in my area can find a job and would rather be paid minimum wage instead of a "training wage." There are alot of teens in this area that get paid above minimum wage and would more than likely be angry if their pay was cut because of a state law that requires them to be paid a "training wage."

    April 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  369. Cherilyn

    Teens that live in small towns like I do should not have to deal with the lower pay because jobs are not in as much demand as people to fill the jobs. In larger cities I could see this as being a great idea so that more students could have the opportunity to work and the employers would not have to break the bank to allow that. The proposal depends very much on the situation.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  370. Jacklyn

    I think that any one from the age sixteen til a senior should have a job and make them earn what they want. I am a teenage mother that lives on my own i have my own job and go to school it has set good goal for my self not relie on other for thing i want

    April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  371. Sami

    In a larger community where there are less job openings, I think lowering the pay and having more job openings would be good for teenagers. But I, being from a smaller town where it wouldn't be as difficult to find a good job, would go out and look for those better paying jobs. I like to get paid for the work that I do.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  372. Desi Rae

    Yes I would take the job of getting $5.25/hour because I don't have a job and I would like to work my way up of getting more dollars per hour. Teens who don't have a job and need a job and it is there first job and are wanting and trying to get a higher pay job probably are not going to get it because it would be their first job so I would take the $5.25/per hour pay.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  373. Jami

    No. I don't think this is fair to teens and young adults. They can work just as hard as adults. The hiring of employee should not be based on age. I know I do a good if not better job than many of the full-time adults working there. At my job, I get paid over $12 an hour and I haven't even been working for 180 days. Most kids won't get a job if they will only get paid $5.25/hr because its not worth it. Even in my small town with a population of 400, there are plenty of job openings.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  374. Tessa

    I work on our ranch but if I got a job in town I don't think it would be to hard to get one in our smaller community. Things aren't as fast-paced and competition isn't as fierce. I wouldn't want to have that lower minimum wage. I could maybe see it in a bigger city where it is harder to get a job but overall I don't really like the idea. They didn't have to lower that much either.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  375. Natahsa

    I would rather have $5.25 an hour and have a better chance at getting the job, than getting $7.50 an hour and having a worse chance at getting the job.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  376. Maxime

    I think children should be paid because this is good for people wit a college opportunity. it will be a good thing for them to hold ont to for4 in the future. But to get fired after that , i dont think its fair at all if they put their soul into they work they do !

    April 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  377. Guffey

    Personally, I like the idea of the training wages. The training received is not only useful for the job at hand, but it's potentially applicable to other opportunities in the workforce, so not all hope is lost if, for some bizarre reason, an employer wouldn't hire the person he or she has just paid to train. The chances of the trained individual getting the job are far higher than those of the untrained. That's all there is to it.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  378. Leyna

    Personally, I think most teenagers are lucky enough to have a job in gerneral, we are hardly in the position to be fighting for how much money we make. If making less money means getting the job, I'd take less money. We're teenagers, we don't have as much to be paying for anyway.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  379. carash

    employers could be blamed if that bill passed. i disagree with 5.25dollar/hour.moreover, i hate that kind of devaluation.

    April 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  380. lacy

    any way that you look at it your geting pay for the work that u do . its still going to help you out in the long run

    April 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  381. kevin

    no kids probably make like 2 dollars per hour. Kids cant make more than 10 dollars a week. Carl azuz what do you think????

    April 5, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  382. elijah

    People need jobs who are stuggling to keep a family. So I think taking people's jobs is wrong

    April 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  383. Austin

    I dont think that they should be allowed to do that because not everone is going to need on the job training. For example, if someone were aplying for a job that they have had a good amount of experience in, then why will they need on the job training?

    April 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  384. michelle

    why does it matter about the age. if your yonger then 20 your not worth much is what it sounds like there saying.
    they should say when you first start a job its lower pay, not just cuz of your age

    April 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  385. Meghan

    I think it's a bad idea because you're doing the exact same job but getting paid less. That is not right. Even though teenagers may not need that much money, but they still get equal rights. They need to do what's right.

    April 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  386. Bram

    Most teens want more money because they want something like a car and some parents won't buy them for them so if they had lower wage they can't get things like that

    April 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  387. Kylie

    I think that it is unfair for minors or people under 20 to get paid less than minimum wage. I don’t believe that it will make more jobs available it will just make younger people looking for work less likely to try as hard as they should. The amount someone gets paid for a job shouldn’t be based on age. It should be based on some ones effort at what they do and how hard they work. I know a lot of young people who can work just as hard as an adult and do every day. Pay cuts for younger people is just as degrading as pay cuts for a certain races or ethnicity.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  388. Marilyn

    I think it's an okay idea. It's only for 180 days, and it gives teenagers more oppurtinities for jobs. Although, I can see the unfairness in the situation. The teenagers would be paid less for the same work adults do. That could be considered age discrimination. But like I said, more job oppurtinities.

    April 5, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  389. morgan

    i think kids like us should get the same pay because we would to the work as are fellow workers this is the way i look at it if you dont want to pay me way am i working for you

    April 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  390. abbey

    i would want to keep my chance of getting hired its better for other things in life due to prices and you would still have a job with good paying. i wouldn't care about getting a way better one cause you wouldn't make as much money!!

    April 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  391. Butters

    Teens definitaly should be payed $7.50 an hour, the job is the same, we are just kids.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  392. Humberto

    I say yes at least you get money than getting nothing especially when you need the money to buy stuff.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  393. Humberto

    I say yes at least you get some money than getting no money.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  394. Christian

    If you pay 5.25 you have more jobs better economy. Also more happier teens.

    April 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  395. Savi

    We talked about this in class and we agree that this is a good idea because this opens up jobs for teens, but it should only be from 16-18 because after high school you need to start making a living in college and 180 days is way to long I think 90 days is just the right amount of time!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  396. mr.scott's class parkwood

    we watch student news everyday for social studies, and on one subject we have a debate on it so about 1/4 of our class disagree's to starting of with the $5.25 every hour then going on to minimum wage $7.50 the rest of the class does agree to rule because you will still get paid . i personally do agree to this rule because $5.25 is better than nothing and theres a better chance that you will not get fired or laid off.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:56 am |
  397. Dylan

    What the heck are they trying to repeal the child labor law they should make it the same as any employee with the same job. As I learned in class paying the minimum wage for people in training or kids is illegal.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  398. Kaitlyn

    Some of my classmates say it is a good pay but what i say is that as a teen or teenager, we should be able to make at least $6.50 a hour. The reason why is because teens tend to have freedom but we don't receive it.

    April 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm |