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Minimum wage debate: history and examples

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December 8, 2014 By Joel Fox.   With rallies in Los Angeles and Bay Area cities seeking a $15 minimum wage for fast food workers and state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introducing a bill to increase the state minimum wage over the recent boost the Legislature approved, the debate on the minimum wage is sure to heat up across the state. Arguments over increasing the minimum wage have been going on for...

Lawmaker rejects per diem, tax-funded car

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December 8, 2014 By John Hrabe. A newly-elected Bay Area lawmaker isn't reveling in the perks of public office. She's forgoing two of the best bonuses afforded to members of the California Legislature. As her first act in office, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-Pleasanton, has declined per diem payments and a taxpayer-funded vehicle, saying that it's a way to give something back to taxpayers. "Rather than intro...

Vacancies trigger 2015 state Senate elections

December 5, 2014 By John Hrabe. The Nov. 4 vote didn't end this election cycle, but sparked a new round. Three sitting state senators won seats in the U.S. House of Representatives: Sens. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek; Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley; and Mimi Walters, R-Irvine. They will resign their positions in the state Legislature sometime before Jan. 5 to take their places in Congress. Within 14 ca...

Gov. Brown, CalPERS face off in 2015

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December 5, 2014 By James Poulos. A piece of this year's politics moving into 2015 is Gov. Jerry Brown's tiff with the California Public Employees' Retirement System. In particular, Brown remains steamed over CalPERS' use of temporary pay to pad pensions. In a letter to CalPERS, he said the action "would improperly allow temporary pay resulting from short-term promotions to count towards workers' pensions." Divisions ...
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