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Maine Teens Can Work More Under New Law

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Posted on Jun 2, 2011
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He’s all business: Gov. Paul LePage has also proposed opening up 10 million acres of northern Maine for development.

Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage, the same man who ordered the removal of a mural depicting American workers from a state office building, this week signed into law a bill that should please the business community. It allows 16- and 17-year-olds—who make considerably less than older co-workers—to work longer hours and later into the evening on school nights. —ARK

The Huffington Post:

The law boosts the maximum amount of hours a 16- or 17-year-old can work during the school year from 20 to 24 hours per week. It also raises the per-day limit from four hours to six, and allows children to work until 10:15 p.m. on school nights.

... [Democratic State Rep. Timothy] Driscoll ... said he never really believed the Republican line that the bill was aimed at giving youngsters more work experience, noting that his suspicions grew during a state labor committee hearing on the proposed bill back in March.

... Instead, as Driscoll recalls, there were a representative from the Maine Restaurant Association, a representative from the Maine Innkeepers Association and a stakeholder from a Maine amusement park called Funtown Splashtown USA. Driscoll pointed out that restaurants, inns and amusement parks tend to rely on low-priced teen labor and would have an interest in seeing children allowed to work more hours.

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By reynolds, June 3, 2011 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

it will be mandatory soon enough

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By reynolds, June 3, 2011 at 10:33 am Link to this comment

i demand equal opportunity for senior citizens

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By Tobysgirl, June 3, 2011 at 6:04 am Link to this comment

Our moron governor ran a junk store before becoming mayor of Waterville, a city I used to like and now abhor. One woman had the audacity to tell me that the changes in Waterville were the result of “them” moving in, “them” referring to the handful of African-Americans in town. This woman, by the way, is an immigrant from Canada, and for the first time in my life I wanted to tell someone to go back where they came from.

The changes are rather the result of a dying town (a young man packing grocery bags in Belfast referred to Waterville as the “town that never was”) and the rise of blue-collar fascism which manifests as racism and virulent stupidity. Paul LePage being a sterling example of those qualities, he got the votes of not only the scum of the business community but plenty of people who live in shacks.

I had no fondness for Baldacci, but would not blame him for LePage being our governor. Rather it is the fault of phenomenally unsophisticated voters. Eliot Cutler, an “independent” with an ego bigger than the state of Maine, was endorsed by the Republican newspapers in the state, who also endorsed the Republican candidates for the U.S. Congress (what, Mike Michaud isn’t conservative enough for them?!?!?!?). And afer those endorsements, voters who apparently can’t add two and two (let’s see, they endorse Cutler and Michaud’s Republican opponent) flocked to Cutler in droves, Cutler a man whose claim to fame is offshoring jobs to China.

Libby Mitchell ran a lackluster campaign and is a Democratic hack, but at least she is a relatively decent and sane person compared to the two egos. And Cutler served his purpose, to put LePage in office with the help of DUMB, DUMBER, and DUMBEST voters!

There was an excellent letter in the Waterville Sentinel in which the writer referred to Stephen King calling LePage a “stonehead.” Taking off on the idea that you should never call a man a dog as it is an insult to the dog, she wrote that somewhere in Maine a stone is awaiting an apology.

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By PatrickHenry, June 3, 2011 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

Alot of the work done in Maine is ‘sidework’ and rarely includes the paying of taxes.

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By johnnyfarout, June 2, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

Maine has so obviously been taken over by the worst, most regressive element of the ruling elite. The ‘profit dogs’ barking at the moon as your children work late into the night. If there are any pitchforks and torches…we in America look to Maine!  Throw these ner’wolves into the roiling dark sea and let the lobsters pick their bones…harr! and this moron was a “pizza farmer”? ...what the hell is that!? ...snarl…

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By Queenie, June 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment

This idiot LePage is dumber than dirt and as mean as a hive of hornets. There are no redeeming qualities in this tub of pig lard. None. His IQ must be in the 60s or less but he thinks of himself as a leader. He is a joke here in Maine. A nasty cynical joke.

And who do I blame for his governorship? Our former governor, John Baldacci. People were so upset at the Democrats who forgot their base they would have voted for anything but. Add to that the backing of the drooling idiots who call themselves the tea party and the corporate interests of the Kookoo brothers, directly or indirectly, and greedy business people who see no value in ANYTHING if it doesn’t make a profit—well, we got stuck with this pig and there’s no making any silk bags out of that sow’s ear, or boar’s ear in this instance.

Jesus jumped up Christ on a stick! He and his shitty band of morons will take this beautiful state and we will end up being just another hell hole.

The people of Maine have got to boycott any business that wallows in the same mud as this slimy bastard.

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By Robespierre115, June 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

WTF? It’s 2011 but apparently we live in a Dickens novel?

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By Tobysgirl, June 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment

Excuse me, Jim, but we now have a Republican House and a Republican Senate in Maine, due to people registering their disappointment in Obama by voting Republican or not voting at all (something I’ve heard recommended quite frequently on this website; well, baby, it has fast and nasty repercussions on a local level. I don’t understand why people cannot comprehend a difference between voting for a bankers’ whore and voting for a good state representative or senator, both of which choices were available to voters in my district). Democratic lawmakers are commenting and protesting LePage’s extremist agenda, but we must wait another year and a half to get some of these morons out of office.

(Believe me, I’ve spoken with my current state senator, and he is dimmer than a 25-watt bulb.)

What is important is that people think of another vacation destination rather than Maine, and register their protests via the newspapers (Portland Press Herald, or Central Maine Newspapers) or the state tourism office. I will certainly be contacting the Restaurant Association; my husband and I enjoy eating out, but we will forego that pleasure if need be.

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By Jim Yell, June 2, 2011 at 11:18 am Link to this comment
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It is a sad thing that the aggressive Republicans are destroying the past advances in social responsibilty to enhance their already bloated fortunes. How many adult workers will be pushed aside to give more hours to teens who should be working on school or at lest learning a trade?

Why are the Democrats so quiet about this? The are sadly weasels too, but certainly not all of them?

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By SarcastiCanuck, June 2, 2011 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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I hear they’re going to repeal the Civil War as well and re-institute slavery.

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