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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Political Forecast: Minimum wage efforts in the legislature hit a snag

Excerpted from this post at Political Forecast
... What I didn't expect was that before the bill itself would even be discharged out of committee, Democrats themselves were still trying to figure out whether or not it was worth keeping that provision in the bill. And as Tyler says, the provision itself in the bill is good politically as it keeps the issue from being a haggling point every session. If I were in the Democratic caucus, there would be two things I would do. First, I would try to figure why the hell this wasn't decided in the two months following the election victories in November. ... Secondly, I'd tell the caucus to pick one of the two controversial provisions of the Senate bill (either the peg to inflation or the elimination of the 90-day training wage) and keep it. Use it as a bargaining chip with Republicans who want to haggle on small business assistance provisions.

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