“We need to ask ourselves what is going on here,” he said. “We believe we have priced teenagers out of jobs.”
Hurst favors a lower wage rate for teens, which could make it more attractive for business owners to hire them, while assuring that young people can get on-the-job experience.
In Swampscott, Carlo Bacci said a wage hike might make workers feel better — “psychologically, it’s good,” he said.
But he thinks it’s “not going to impact anyone financially,” at least, not enough to lift anyone out of poverty.