Week of 10.27.06
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This year, 11 states have approved raising the minimum wage. Six others — Arizona, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, and Ohio — have it on the ballot next month. This week NOW visits a Missourian who's relying on the minimum wage to support her entire family.
Economic Policy Institute: Minimum Wage FAQs
Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now: 7 Days @ Minimum Wage
The New York Times: What is a Living Wage?
The Center for American Progress: The High(er) Stakes of the Minimum Wage Debate
Employment Policies Institute
National Federal of Independent Business
Save Our State's Jobs (Missouri group opposed to the minimum wage ballot initiative)
Also This Week: Church and State
Also this week we look into allegations by a nonprofit group that Kansas' attorney general, Phill Kline, may be illegally leveraging two churches in a bid to win re-election.
A complaint filed this week by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonpartisan legal watchdog group, has called for an IRS investigation into the role the churches played in Kline's campaign.
CREW cite a memorandum [pdf] from Kline to members of his campaign staff asking them to recruit churches to distribute campaign literature and serve as sites for events. In the memo, Kline directs his staff to "Get the pastor to invite 5 'money people' who he knows can help."
"This is the top law enforcement official in the state who is encouraging everyone to break the law," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of CREW in a New York Times article on Thursday (October 26). A spokeswoman for Mr. Kline was not returning calls to her office, The Times reported.
The commissioner of the I.R.S., Mark W. Everson, has said that the agency will crack down on religious organizations that violate laws barring charities, including churches, from involvement in political activities. Additional accusations of such violations have been made against religious organizations in California, Minnesota, Missouri and Ohio during this election cycle, according to The New York Times.
More from NOW:
View NOW's previous report "What's the Matter with Kansas?" on Phill Kline's controversial tactics
Memo from Phill Kline to his campaign staff directing them to recruit churches to distribute campaign literature and serve as sites for events. [pdf]
Complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) calling for an IRS investigation into two churches supporting the re-election campaign of the Kansas attorney general, Phill Kline.
IRS: New procedures for 2006 election season
IRS: Remarks by the IRS Commissioner, Mark W. Everson, on the new procedures