High School Students Could Receive Lower Minimum Wage

High school students could receive a lower minimum wage than other workers next year under a bill advanced by lawmakers.

The proposal would allow for workers under 18 years old to be paid $8 per hour while still in school. The bill was introduced after small-town grocery stores raised concerns that the voter-approved $9 wage could run them out of business when it goes into effect next year.

Opponents say the measure creates an incentive for teenagers to drop out of school to qualify for higher wages.