- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he hasn’t decided whether to veto a measure to exempt South Dakota’s youngest workers from the $8.50 minimum wage voters approved in November.

The Legislature has approved the measure. Daugaard said Friday he wants to consider arguments around the plan, which would carve out a $7.50 youth minimum wage.

Daugaard said he wouldn’t support a “direct attack” on the voter-approved measure such as a repeal of the cost of living increases attached to the wage.

The legislative proposal would affect people under 18, and the $7.50 youth wage wouldn’t be subject to future cost-of-living increases.

But Daugaard says a youth wage wasn’t really discussed during the ballot question campaign ahead of the election.

Opponents have said the legislation goes against will of the voters.

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