In Pennsylvania, legislation hiking the minimum wage has stalled in both houses of the legislature, while nearly 30 other states have hiked their minimum wage over the last few years. You could surmise that a minimum wage hike could never get through two Republican-held houses, but that's too easy -- the minimum wage actually quite popular with our brethren on the right (enjoying the support of no less a person than the last Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney), and Pennsylvania Republicans are cut from a somewhat different cloth than national Republicans, but, more to the point, the decision isn't theirs so much as it's ours. Hence Keystone Progress joins with MoveOn to help you tell the Pennsylvania House and Senate Labor and Industry Committees to push minimum wage legislation through their committees with a quickness. You won't just be telling them to hike the minimum wage, though; you'll also be telling them to hike it to $10.10/hour, index it to the cost of living, and include tipped workers, just so they don't pass some weak-tea wage hike and declare they listened to you.
Meanwhile, Etsy, the internet corporation where you can sell your art and handcrafted items, claims to be a "mindful, transparent, and humane" corporation promoting "global business practices that are sustainable, responsible, and profitable," and perhaps in some ways it is, but it's also just created a subsidiary in Ireland, and you probably know what that means: it means Etsy can pay less in taxes, and financial disclosure laws are relatively weak in Ireland, so we won't necessarily know it. As one Irish economics professor put it, "(i)f companies are not disclosing, you have to ask why not? Is it to hide things that they’d feel embarrassed about?" And there's nothing "sustainable" about goosing up your profits while avoiding your obligation to help fund the roads, bridges, police officers, firefighters, and schools that benefit all of us. So 13 separate organizations (including the National Priorities Project, Americans for Tax Fairness, and People for the American Way) help you tell Etsy to live up to its ideals and abandon its tax-avoidance schemes.