A rally held at the statehouse Thursday is drawing criticism from the small business community.

The National Federation of Independent Business says the nearly 1,000 teens calling for increased funding for youth summer jobs initiatives are only creating future problems for themselves.

NFIB spokesman Jack Mozloom tells WBSM's "Mid-Day Live" the young people shouldn't be looking to the government for steady work, as the summer jobs don't spurn the economy.

Mozloom says the request for $24.5 million in funding for summer jobs, coupled with a demand for a higher minimum wage is a recipe for fewer jobs and higher prices in the future.