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As the 2014 midterm elections approach, politicians are creating election platforms with an eye to policies which might help sway voters to choose their name in the ballot box.
Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has chosen an interesting issue to make part of his legislative platform as he heads into the election: he wants to erode child labor laws and make it easier for school-age kids to get to work, and at significantly reduced wages.
Governor LePage is a long-time and staunch supporter of getting children into the workplace; as he told one town hall meeting in 2011, ”I went to work at 11 years old. I became governor. It’s not a big deal. Work doesn’t hurt anybody.”
LePage’s administration has made repeated attempts to loosen regulations around child labor and make it easier (and cheaper) for businesses to hire children; although the latest initiatives do not go so far as to embrace Governor LePage’s stated goal of reducing the working age to 12, Democrats and labor advocates are concerned that the administration’s proposals would undo decades, if not centuries, of child labor legislation in the State of Maine.