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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday August 4, 2014:
Some 13,000 workers with physical and intellectual disabilities in Pennsylvania are being paid an average of $2.40 an hour – far below the federal minimum wage of 7.25 an hour.
Some argue it’s wrong to pay people with disabilities so little and point out there are employers in Pennsylvania who pay workers with disabilities above the minimum wage. On the other hand, supporters of work programs say the socialization, training, and sense of purpose that the jobs provide disabled workers are more valuable than money. They add that paying a minimum wage would force them to not hire as many disabled employees.
Halle Stockton, the Public Source reporter who investigated this story appears on Monday’s Smart Talk to tell us what she found.
Also on the program, nearly 75 years after Amelia Earhart’s disappearance over the Pacific Ocean, The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) in Chester County thinks they may finally have solved the mystery. They plan to make an expedition to the Phoenix Islands in search of debris from her plane and a campsite Earhart may have built to survive.
TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie will be on Monday’s show to talk about the group’s expeditions and research.
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