Today, President Obama will visit La Crosse, Wis., to make the case that the federal government should require employers to pay overtime to all salaried workers who earn less than $50,000 per year.Story two:
The proposal is the latest salvo in the nation’s broader debate about economic fairness, which intensified during the slow recovery from the 2009 recession. Only in the past year has U.S. joblessness dropped below pre-recession levels. Wage growth, meanwhile, has stagnated.
Gov. Mark Dayton gave big raises to his cabinet Wednesday, prompting a swift attack from Republicans as he boosted the salaries of some agency commissioners overnight by 30 percent or more.
The raises for top executives, which go as high as $155,000, are far above those that rank-and-file state workers will receive. Recent contract agreements with the state’s two largest public employee unions resulted in 2.5 percent increases this year and next.
Observations? A few:
- A safe bet -- Dayton's lackeys will get their money. The people Obama claims to help? Probably not that much.
- I have no idea why the Leader of the Free World needed to fire up Air Force One and travel halfway across the country to make his argument, but it's easy to spend other people's money when you are the Leader of the Free World.
- It's better, by far, to be a Dayton lackey than to work in a sandwich shop.