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Mistake Corrected: Repeal of Youth-Training Wage Sent to Carney

Bruce Ennis: The Joe Manchin and Kirsten Sinema of Delaware. In other words, a conservative Democrat who likes to sh*t on working people in order to prove their conservative credentials.

Senator Ennis voted no along with all Senate Republicans on House Bill 88, a bill that would repeal the Youth and Training Wage that was established in 2018 as a compromise to end the criminal hostage taking by Republicans. House Bill 88 passed by a vote of 13-8. It has already passed the House, so it is now being sent to Governor Carney for his signature or veto. It would totally be a Carperdyne move for Carney to veto the bill to prove that he is also bipartisan.

In 2018, the Democrats were passing a minimum wage increase to $9.25 at the time. As an aside, Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, when pressed on passing Senate Bill 15, which raises the minimum wage to $15, gets angry and says we already raised the minimum wage, and $9.25 is enough for now. But I digress. As we know, there is nothing more Republican than paying slave wages to working people, so naturally raising the minimum wage angers them and performatively bipartisan Democrats. So Republicans took the 2018 Bond and Grant-in-Aid Bills hostage, because Republican votes were required to pass them back then since both budget bills need a super majority to pass.

The refused to pass the budget bills unless the Democrats backed down on the miniscule minimum wage increase. It was a criminal act of hostage taking by the Republicans, and the Democrats should have called that bluff and forced the government shutdown and continuation of the session. But a compromise that appeased the criminals was reached: a youth and training wage that paid workers under 18 and new employees in their first 90 days 50 cents less than the minimum wage.

A deal made with criminals is never to be honored, so I am glad the House and Senate have now passed the repeal of these youth and training wages.

HOUSE BILL 88 SPONSORSYES VOTES NO VOTES
K.Williams, Longhurst, Kowalko, 
Cooke, Heffernan, Lynn, Matthews, 
Osienski, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, 
Brady, Chukwuocha, Dorsey Walker, K. Johnson, Lambert, Mitchell, 
Morrison, Wilson-Anton
Passed House 26-15. Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Bush, Carson, Chukwuocha, Cooke, Dorsey Walker, Griffith, Heffernan, K.Johnson, K.Williams, Kowalko, Lambert, Longhurst, Lynn, Matthews, Minor-Brown, Mitchell, Morrison, Osienski, S.Moore, Schwartkopf, Wilson-Anton Briggs King, Collins, D.Short, Dukes, Gray, Hensley, M.Smith, Morris, Postles, Ramone, Shupe, Smyk, Spiegelman, Vanderwende, Yearick
Walsh, Lockman, S.McBride, Pinkney, Poore, Sokola, Sturgeon, TownsendSenate Passed 13-8. Brown, Gay, Hansen, Lockman, Mantzavinos, Paradee, Pinkney, Poore, Richardson, S.McBride, Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, WalshBonini, Ennis, Hocker, Lawson, Lopez, Pettyjohn, RIchardson, Wilson
CURRENT STATUS — Sent to Governor Carney for his signature.

“The minimum wage should be just that – the absolute minimum employers are legally allowed to pay a worker for their labor,” said Sen. Jack Walsh, the Senate prime sponsor of HB 88. 

“People don’t pay different rents based on their ages. The price of a gallon of milk doesn’t change depending on how long someone has been employed,” he said. “Two workers doing the exact same job should be paid the same, regardless of what month they were born or what season they were hired. I want to thank my colleagues for voting today to close this shameful and discriminatory chapter in Delaware’s history.” 

“The youth and training wage was a flawed, discriminatory policy when it was enacted, and I am extremely pleased that we are righting that wrong,” said Rep. Kim Williams, the lead House sponsor of the bill. “No longer will certain Delawareans who are just trying to earn a living be treated as a second class of workers due to their age or the date they were hired.” 

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1 comment on “Mistake Corrected: Repeal of Youth-Training Wage Sent to Carney

  1. cassandram

    Excellent for this abomination to go away. It just let’s unscrupulous employers have one more vector to cheat by.

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