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  •  Indexing minimum wage to Inflation rather (0+ / 0-)

    than a realistic COLA is not a progressive move.

    It locks the poorest workers into wages no better than their grandparents earned under JFK, no matter what happens to productivity.

    To see it as a positive is to believe it's right and good that the working poor should never benefit from increasing prosperity.

    Everyone should read the response to the hiddens once a day. They'll find the same trolls jumping on corpses and squealing with glee over and over.

    by JesseCW on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 06:55:19 AM PDT

    •  Indexing to inflation... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...is a whole lot better than no indexing at all, which is the current situation.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 07:16:59 AM PDT

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      •  It cuts the next debate out (0+ / 0-)

        entirely.

        The counter argument we'll be hearing from the day this bill passes forward from people like doc2 and coffeetalk is that "it's adjusted for inflation so there should be no raises".

        Indexing for inflation locks in a ceiling, not a floor.

        Everyone should read the response to the hiddens once a day. They'll find the same trolls jumping on corpses and squealing with glee over and over.

        by JesseCW on Tue Apr 08, 2014 at 08:04:12 AM PDT

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        •  Nothing is "locked in". (0+ / 0-)

          The legislature can make additional increases as needed, and the capped nature of the indexing is an obvious thing that can be pointed when the time comes, to explain why it's necessary.

          You keep talking about "complete control of the legislature" as if the individual legislators were mindlessly carrying out the whims of one party leader, or that Republicans were the only obstacle that might need to be negotiated with.  Blue Dog types exist in state legislatures as well, and in smaller legislative bodies it doesn't take very many of them to sink a bill that the Republicans are 100% opposed to.  This is the compromise that was able to pass.  Compare it to last year in MN, when both the House and the Senate wanted to raise the minimum wage, but by different amounts -- and we ended up with nothing.

          If you want to complain about the individual legislators (Democratic and otherwise) that weren't on board with better legislation, fine.  It doesn't make sense to heap such criticism on those who pushed for something better and managed to get a significant improvement pushed through, even if it's not perfect.

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