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View Diary: Maryland and Minnesota Democrats Undercut the National Party on the Minimum Wage (67 comments)

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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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