Whoa, another crazy day today with my PP internship . . . I promise that I will work out a system very shortly for putting up posts in a timely manner on days when I’m interning. In the meantime, thanks for your patience. I’m going to reward it now with some (mostly) good news!
Firstly, today marked the first federal minimum wage increase in a decade. It is now $5.85. By this day in 2009, it will be $7.25. That’s still nowhere near a living wage, so don’t celebrate too much. But let’s tip our hats to the Dems, anyway, for getting done in less than a year what the GOP congress refused to do for over a decade.
Equally awesome (and with equal caveats), Washington State started recognizing same-sex civil unions yesterday. They are now the sixth state in the U.S. to do so (in addition to the District of Columbia, which also allows civil unions, and Massachusetts, which allows same-sex marriage). Of course, the goal here is equality, and that means full rights and recognition availability in the form of marriage. Gay-rights advocates have vowed to keep fighting, but in the meantime they’re enjoying being treated just a teensy bit more like actual human beings.