- Pennsylvania Among 'Terrible 10' Most Regressive Tax States
- February 4 Non-Partisan Training: HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013: HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Republican Governors Opt-In to Medicaid Expansion
- The Reports of Unions' Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
- Ask Allyson Schwartz to run for Governor
- Mind the gap: Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion Leaves Low-income Families Behind
- Jan. 14 Workshop:HOW TO RUN FOR ELECTION BOARD IN 2013; HOW TO RUN FOR COMMITTEEPERSON IN 2014
- Seth Williams on Guns, Jasmine Rivera on School Closures @PFC Meetup Wednesday
- PA Revenue Strong Midway Through Year; Tax Cut Could Have Big Impact
- What to Make of the Fiscal Cliff Deal?
STATE MINIMUM WAGE RAISED FOR LAWMAKERS ONLY
The Daily News has an editorial today titled : "MONEY FOR NOTHING
- STATE LAWMAKERS TAKE A STAND FOR THEMSELVES"
It rightfully notes that "THE MINIMUM $11,380-a-year raise that Pennsylvania state legislators voted themselves last week is more than their constituents who work full-time at the state minimum wage make in a year."
Clearly, as a lawmaker who voted against City Council's last pay raise to $98,000 ( $102k with the recent COLA), I am distressed that my counterparts would vote for the raise without the consideration of a minimum wage hike for all Pennsylvanians.
But, also as someone who has accepted the raise, I understand that many lawmakers believe that they deserve the raise. Some do, many do not.
The real bone of contention is that many lawmakers won't even consider the minimum wage hike - citing that it is not market-based in their view - while determining that their own wage hike is simply a correct adjustment.
In the end, we may not get what we pay for - but we will certainly pay for all we get.
A call to action!
In retrospect, more progressive Democratic activists probably should have travelled to other states to organize in the last Presidential election (with Pennsylvania's solid margin for Kerry) - similarly many should now be organizing in other counties within the state related to a need for change in the State Legislature.
But hindsight is 20/20.