Inside Report (6)
Look for the Reagan administration not to press for a subminimun wage - less than $3.35 an hour - for teen-agers in inner-city ''enterprise'' zones.
The administration has proposed to set up 75 such zones in depressed cities, offering businesses special tax incentives and relief from red tape in order to encourage investment and create jobs. Because of high teen-age urban unemployment, the subminimum rate was to be part of the package.
Opposition was immediate. Permitting wages below the federal minimum is a highly controversial issue. Unions contend it would undercut established wage scales and take jobs away from adults.
That's why the administration will probably pull back. It wants to avoid a heated debate in Congress over wages that might scuttle the entire program.