Tuesday, March 21, 2006

In other Tuesday news

  • Looks like the merger of Fairmont Parks with the Recreation Department (see background here)is officially moving ahead, and the result may be a ballot measure to be put before voters in November.

  • Today's Inquirer is reporting that a minimum wage bill is set to pass the legislature in Harrisburg, which seems like great news, although it is tempered by the fact that the bill in question has been substantially modified from the one originally championed by state Rep. Cohen, Gov. Rendell, and others, and would result in only half of the desired increase. Time for soul-searching among advocates about whether half a cake is better than none.

  • Marc Stier is depressed by more shows of conservative pandering by Bob Casey, and muses on the difficult path that Democrats will have to wend between their choices in the primary and then the need to get behind whoever wins that race in order to unseat Santorum in the fall. It's hard to put in a lot of sweat without much enthusiasm...

  • Above Average Jane delivers on her promise to provide an interview with Paul Lang, candidate for the PA 6th Senatorial district. It's long and full of details about his district and its needs -- a great resource for those who live there and for others who might like to support a promising progressive candidate for state office.

2 Comments:

Blogger Rep. Mark B. Cohen said...

A half a cake certainly is better than none, but the proponents of a higher minimum wage are going to continue to press for $7.15 plus a COLA. The $7.15 figure itself is certainly not pie in the sky: The state of Washington is already at $7.63, with a COLA coming up in January; the state of Oregon is already at $7.50, with a COLA coming up in January; Rhode Island will hit $7.40 next year; Connecticut is already at $7.40; Vermont is already at $7.25, with a COLA coming in January; Hawaii hits $7.25 in January; Alaska is already at $7.15; New Jersey hits $7.15 in Ocotober; New York and Michigan will hit $7.15 next year.

And the above list does not include California, faced with competing plans to hit $7.75 and one plan to hit $8.75;Massachusetts, where one plan to hit $7.75 is gaining real strength; and New Mexico, with competing plans to hit $7.50.

If the Republicans succeed in enacting a scaled down minimum wage increase, we will immediately be pressing for more. Our goal must be to get full-time low wage workers out of poverty, and the Republican plan falls far short of that.

Working with organized labor, we can give Pennsylvania labor standards that make a difference in people's lives.

6:22 PM  
Blogger ACM said...

wow, I had no idea that there were so many states with such civilized MW levels -- it feels bad enough that NY, DE, and NJ are all a dollar or more ahead of us already. keep up the good fight!

9:18 AM  

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