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From marijuana legalization to minimum wage, how state laws are changing in 2020

January 2, 2020
Lisa Desjardins | The PBS NewsHour
Now that 2020 has arrived, scores of new laws are going into effect across the country. From legalization of marijuana and criminal justice reform to raising minimum wage and the cost of electric cars, state legislatures are having a major impact on the nation’s laws.
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House Passes Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15, a Victory for Liberals

July 19, 2019
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Jeanna Smialek | The New York Times
The House voted Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, delivering a long-sought victory to liberals and putting the Democratic Party’s official imprimatur on the so-called Fight for $15, which many Democratic presidential candidates have embraced.
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What’s the economic sweet spot for adjusting the federal minimum wage?

November 10, 2015
Thousands of workers walked off the job in as many as 270 cities in a push to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, up from $7.25. Gwen Ifill speaks to Alan Krueger of Princeton University, who believes that wages should be raised, but not so fast and not so high.
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As lawmakers bemoan wage inequality, food servers on Capitol Hill make under $11 an hour

May 4, 2015
Charles Babington, Laurie Kellman | Associated Press
Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It's their life. Many of the Capitol's food servers, who make the meals, bus the tables and run the cash registers in the restaurants and carryouts that serve lawmakers, earn less than $11 an hour. Some make nothing at all when Congress is in recess.
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Would $15 save employees and break employers?

April 15, 2015
Low-wage workers around the nation went out in protest on April 15, demanding a minimum wage of $15 an hour. A few big corporations have begun raising their pay, but some critics say a major hike would hurt employers and kill jobs. Gwen Ifill gets debate from Steve Caldeira of the International Franchise Association and Tsedeye Gebreselassie of the National Employment Law Project.
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That time Democrats opposed a minimum wage hike

July 11, 2014
| The Washington Post
What if they held a vote to increase the minimum wage and most of the Democrats voted no? That’s what happened in Alaska on Sunday, where the vast majority of Democrats in the state House voted against a measure that would have given low-income workers one of the highest minimum wages in the entire country.
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Missing Ingredient on Minimum Wage: A Motivated G.O.P.

April 11, 2014
| The New York Times
Each of the three previous presidents — two Republicans, one Democrat — signed an increase in the federal minimum wage. Why not President Obama?
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CBO Data Could Spur Minimum Wage Hike to $9

February 21, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
If Congress decides $10.10 an hour is too steep a climb from the existing $7.25 federal minimum wage, might policymakers shake hands on an increase closer to $9 an hour? As the Congressional Budget Office and the White House continued to disagree Wednesday over the uncertainties and potential labor-market downsides of President Obama’s $10.10 proposal, their dispute -- in its fine print -- was about how much the minimum wage could rise before its evident benefits would erode.
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Republicans Should Tread Carefully On Minimum Wage

February 21, 2014
Amy Walter | The Cook Political Report
Lately, Republicans have been been pretty happy with government. Well, with one agency at least. Over the last two weeks the number crunchers at the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office have released reports that include some bad news for two significant legislative priorities of President Obama and Democrats--the Affordable Care Act and the minimum wage.
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