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Novstrup Newspeak: Cutting Youth Minimum Wage “Not About Paying Youth Less”

David Novstrup is always good for a laugh. The latest knee-slapper from the Senator I will replace comes from David’s appearance on last night’s Inside KELOLand, where he makes this statement about Referred Law 20, his effort to cut the minimum wage for workers under 18 from $8.55 to $7.50 an hour:

It’s really not about paying youth less [Sen. David Novstrup, Inside KELOLand, 2016.10.30, timestamp 9:35].

KELO! It's "youth", not "you"! (Sen. David Novstrup, screen cap from KELO TV, 2016.10.30.)
KELO! It’s “youth”, not “you”! (Sen. David Novstrup, screen cap from KELO TV, 2016.10.30.)

Referred Law 20 pays youth less. Its prime sponsor says Referred Law 20 isn’t about paying youth less.

Hmm… if a law isn’t about the thing it actually does, then what is it about?

Poor David seems as detached from reality on the practical effect of his own law as he is about the affront to voters his proposal commits by undoing a voter initiative. Unlike David, I won’t shout Liar! I’ll just shake my head and say poor David is very, very confused. I am pleased to have the opportunity to replace him in the Senate and relieve him of all this pressure to explain things he votes for.


  1. Rorschach 2016-10-31 10:35

    It’s not about paying youth less. It’s about reducing Thunder Road’s overhead and letting Thunder Road’s owners keep more in their pockets.

    It’s also about indoctrinating youth to the South Dakota way. Accept that your labor isn’t worth much. Take what you’re offered and don’t complain. Maybe in the future you’ll become a full-fledged minimum wage worker.

  2. moses six 2016-10-31 11:32


  3. Jenny 2016-10-31 14:19

    David should just quit talking, he’s embarrassing himself.

  4. caheidelberger Post author | 2016-10-31 15:51

    Jenny, there seems to be a lot of that going around in the Novstrup family.

    Ror, yes, RL 20 is about much than paying youth less. Don’t forget it’s also about legislative elitists’ sabotaging the people’s will by overturning successful ballot measures and discouraging future petitioners.

    But in its literal text, at its most basic, RL 20 is about nothing but paying kids less.

  5. mike from iowa 2016-10-31 18:29

    Cutting Youth Minimum Wage “Not About Paying Youth Less”

    But cutting taxes increases tax revenues. Okay.

  6. Roger Elgersma 2016-10-31 18:29

    And the Republican party endorses this nonsense. He is a blight on the whole party.

  7. Adam 2016-10-31 22:44

    WTF?! Why would the news hand him their microphone for any amount of time? John Stewart’s Daily Show would have a hay day with the Novstrups.

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