In a move that puts California at the forefront of efforts to raise wages for low-income workers across the country, the Legislature approved a sweeping plan Thursday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years, boosting the future paychecks of millions of the state’s workers.
Source: Legislative Update: 3/29/2016
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Opinion: If the Republican leaders fails to act, next year the postal service will face insolvency.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) continued his campaign to overhaul the struggling U.S. Postal Service on Monday, stressing that his plan would help the agency control its labor costs. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and his Republican allies have long said that labor expenditures — which account for roughly 80 percent of the agency’s expenses — are the biggest roadblock to getting USPS on firmer fiscal footing.The California Republican reiterated at a Monday event that he believes his USPS legislation would allow the agency to shed as many as 200,000 workers in the next few years that would already be eligible for retirement, a move he says would make the agency more competitive in an increasingly digital world. “Do I have some sympathy for the Post Office? I do. They didn’t create the Internet,” Issa said at an event sponsored by the conservative Heritage Foundation.But Issa also unfavorably compared America’s handling of the Postal Service with Greece, which moved to shed 30,000 government jobs this weekend.“Greece is finally coming to grips with retiring those who should be retired sooner rather than later,” Issa said. “Greece is actually ahead of us on that.”