Regressives Harm Minority Youth

Recently the Colorado Progressive Coalition bragged about helping to pass the 2006 wage controls.

Congratulations: you’ve put some inexperienced minors out of a job, ensuring that they’ll lack the job experience needed for higher pay later.

Kristen Lopez Eastlick writes for

This year, it’s harder than ever for teens to find a summer job. Researchers at Northeastern University described summer 2007 as “the worst in post-World War II history” for teen summer employment, and those same researchers say that 2008 is poised to be “even worse.”

According to their data, only about one-third of Americans 16 to 19 years old will have a job this summer, and vulnerable low-income and minority teens are going to fare even worse.

The percentage of teens classified as “unemployed” — those who are actively seeking a job but can’t get one — is more than three times higher than the national unemployment rate, according to the most recent Department of Labor statistics.

One of the prime reasons for this drastic employment drought is the mandated wage hikes that policymakers have forced down the throats of local businesses. Economic research has shown time and again that increasing the minimum wage destroys jobs for low-skilled workers while doing little to address poverty.

Yet, not only does the group call itself “progressive,” but it brags about promoting a policy that hurts poor minority youth.

The only real progressives in the state are the ones advocating liberty, free markets, and individual rights.