H.R. 1010, the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, would gradually (hear that, right-wingers "worried" about the effect on small businesses?) raise our minimum wage to $10.10/hr (get it?) over a period of two years, and would index the minimum wage to inflation every year after that. H.R. 1010 would also raise the tipped-employee minimum wage to $3/hr for the first year after the passage of the bill, and then to 70% of the minimum wage for everyone else. Why do this? Well, remember a few months back, when Rep. Blackburn (R-TN) complained that we shouldn't raise the minimum wage because, hell, when she got her first job, she made only $2.15/hr and it taught her a lot about life? She most likely got that job in the late '60s, when the minimum wage was $1.60/hr; $1.60/hr back then works out to about $9.60/hr now, with the nearly 500% inflation rate over the last forty-plus years -- and that would be well above the current federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr. SignOn helps you tell your House Reps to support H.R. 1010.
Meanwhile, we have four more days to leave a comment with the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline. (The State Department must review the application because the proposed pipeline crosses national borders.) The State Department seems fairly sanguine about it, as evidenced by the draft environmental impact statement they released last month, but they don't have reason to be -- not when some of the experts State hired to write the report turned out to have ties to TransCanada, the corporation building the pipeline, and (more importantly) the State Department went to some length to cover that fact up. Those experts may not have current ties to TransCanada, whose pipe safety record is quite shoddy, but one of them, Mr. Bielakowski, has consulted for TransCanada at least three times over the last seven years; think he won't go back to work for them? The Center for Effective Government (formerly OMB Watch) helps you leave a public comment about the Keystone XL pipeline.