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  1. As the Plain English Summary and Purpose Line are distinctly different components of a bill, I believe the chair is fundamentally wrong. I do not necessarily oppose the bill, but I do believe we should follow procedure. I move to appeal the decision of the chair.
  2. Mr. Chairman, I submit the following to be voted on to become the official findings of this committee regarding its hearing into the Nepotism case. I yield.
  3. MrAnderson

    Leave of Absence

    Taking another LOA. I'll be back on the boards by Saturday, but still avail via tele.
  4. ((Due to Tilsley's signing out and leaving us without a Chairman, I am going to go ahead and start the vote. Going for 48 hours so the DNC has time to appoint a new chair for the committee)) We will now move to a 48 hour vote on the proposed report. A simple majority is required to approve these findings.
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    Ron Tilsley (D-WA-5)

    We'll miss you.
  6. MrAnderson

    Local Media Quotes

    Name: Anderson Kaine Party: Republican Interviewing Agency: (what local newspaper/radio): The Chicago Tribune  I am glad to have worked with Chairman Tilsley to ensure the committee report on the nepotism hearing was bipartisan and thorough. It is clear that Majority Leader King made special rules for his brother, and then failed to apply those same standards to later appointments to the chair committee. His resignation from leadership in the days following the hearing is a surefire sign that this committee did its job in uncovering this double standard, and I am glad to put this behind us.
  7. MrAnderson

    Leave of Absence

    LOA until Monday night or Tuesday morning. Not entirely sure when I'll be back.
  8. MrAnderson

    The Scoop

    The Problem With Raising the Minimum Wage: Midwestern Jobs The US House of Representatives has been engaged in a discussion of raising the minimum wage that appears to be across party-lines, after the same bill passed the HELP committee by a 3-2 party-line vote. There are real economic benefits and concerns about such a measure, and it appears to have a strong benefit based on national region. The rhetoric in Washington from the GOP has been about economic concerns, citing fear of rising costs and concerns about small businesses in one speech from Rep. James Jefferson (R-VA). Democrats such as Rep. Thomas Blackstone (D-MA), on the other hand, have largely condemned Republicans for fear mongering and have wrongfully claimed that opposing the bill was the same as opposing any minimum wage. The minimum wage was first set in 1938 and has continued uninterrupted since then. Blackstone's biggest ally has been Maine Representative Rosemarie DuBois-Granger (D), who has seconded his amendment to tie the minimum wage to Congressional salaries. Here in the Midwest, no state has a minimum wage higher than the national average, although Minnesota may be raising theirs in the next year by twenty cents. This helps foster domestic work leaving higher-wage states and relocating in states with lower costs. So who does benefit from raising the national minimum wage? There are seven states with minimum wages currently higher than $3.35, six of which are located in the Northeast. Alaska is the outlier, though they lack the same issues of people crossing state borders to purchase cheaper goods in neighbors and have significantly higher costs regarding shipment and sales to turn businesses away as well. In total, Massachusetts and Maine are tied for the highest minimum wage in the continental United States, and in no surprise the loudest Democrats in support of it are advocating for bringing other states to the same level. Each state has a minimum wage of $3.65, lower than the lowest hike in the bill, which will shortly be dwarfed by the bill calling for minimum wages as high as $5.00 per hour in five years. So how would a change impact us here in the Midwest? The industrial Northeast has seen its economic power weakened in recent years, as manufacturing leaves and heads to greener pastures in other states and abroad. Companies in the Midwest could see the chance to move to the Northeast, if wage costs were equal, giving it more direct routes to sea ports thereby lowering shipment costs. This incentive to move their base of operation would hinder the Midwest economy, while boosting economies in the Northeast that have seen damaging effects from raising their own wages. So of course, for those Representatives from Massachusetts and Maine, raising the minimum wage makes a lot of sense. For the rest of us, it may draw away jobs and hurt our local economies.
  9. The Scoop The Midwest's Premiere Politics Magazine. (I may do something with a graphic at a later date)

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