I used to think that the Republican Party was trying to push the country back to the 1950s, but I don't think that anymore.
Now I think they're trying to push us back to the 1850s…
Republican members of the state legislature are attempting to loosen child labor laws that the community fought hard to put into place.
The minimum wage in Maine is $7.50 an hour, and there is no training or subminimum wage for students. But under a new piece of legislation introduced in the state's House of Representatives, employers would be able to pay anyone under the age of 20 as little as $5.25 an hour for their first 180 days on the job.
The bill, LD 1346, also eliminates the maximum number of hours a minor 16 years of age or older can work on a school day and allows a minor under the age of 16 to work up to four hours on a school day during hours when school is not in session.
So, what's next? Are they going to start sneaking repeals of women's suffrage into education bills? Are we gonna find a movement gaining steam to return black citizens to 3/5ths of a person status? Are we gonna have to start allowing soldiers to quarter themselves in our homes? What's the final plan? Just how far back are they planning to take us? - Dennis DiClaudio
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