Con­sider a tiered min­i­mum wage

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

In many Euro­pean coun­tries, they tier the min­i­mum wage to al­low busi­nesses to hire work­ers who are un­der or near age 21, which gives the young work­ers ex­pe­ri­ence for the fu­ture.

Most of the time, they are stu­dents who are liv­ing at home and are not try­ing sup­port them­selves.

I never hear this type of min­i­mum wage dis­cussed in the United States. In­crease the min­i­mum wage to $9 for those un­der 21 and $12 for those older.

I know that if I were a busi­ness owner I would not want to hire an in­ex­pe­ri­enced 16-year-old at $12.

– Peter Gin­grass, Matthews

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