The issue at hand illustrates a basic problem with government meddling in markets. Here, because government wanted to establish a minimum wage, it then needed to establish a subminimum wage, lest its first dictate make disabled workers unemployable.
Of note, too, is that society seems to have solved the problem of employing disabled persons on its own, outside of the bureaucracy created for that purpose. Had wages been allowed to rise and fall without the mandate, disabled employees likely would have been no better or worse off than they are now.
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A lot has changed since 1938. Most importantly is employers willing to NOT pay the sub-minimum wage to employees with disabilities, but to pay employees what they are worth.
The author, while supporting the bipartisan work occurring to remove the 14(c) provisions, gives NO examples of this happening TODAY in VA. He doesn’t cite any historical employers paying sub-minimum wage.
It is good to remove the sub-minimum wage from the Commonwealth’s books. Too bad the can’t see their way clear to remove a law that has been deemed moot by SCOTUS. (See Don’s post on the Defense of Marriage Act.)