well, New Jersey has let its government shut down over budget debates, but PA soldiers on. most exciting to me is word that legislators managed to pass a minimum wage increase over the weekend! [just for fun, here's a graph comparing federal legislative salary increases to the static national minimum wage. thanks, Albert.] the details match the Senate version discussed here previously, meaning two steps to $7.15, with a slower ramping for very small businesses. fantastic! congrats to Mark Cohen, the minimum wage coalition, and all who made this happen.
in other news, briefly,
- rep. Evans is letting slip his mayoral intentions...
- aajane notes some esoterica surrounding passage of the budget here.
- jane also notes the reactions of regional pols/candidates to recent flooding, most notably Patrick Murphy's interruption of fundraising in order to assist displaced residents of his district.