Economy

Virginia rejects minimum wage hike

By R. Neal
February 9, 2006 - From the Washington Post, the Virginia legislature rejected a proposed state minimum wage increase to $6.15 per hour, leaving the current federal minimum wage standard of $5.15 in place.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Derby?

By R. Neal
February 2, 2006 - For the first time in its 131 year history, the Kentucky Derby will have corporate sponsorship. Churchill Downs has signed a five year sponsorship deal with Louisville-based Yum Brands, owners of KFC, Pizza Hut, and other fast food chains. The event will be called "The Kentucky Derby presented by Yum!

Making work pay in NC

January 9, 2006 - If you work hard, you shouldn't live in poverty. A simple idea, it seems, but for millions of workers wages have stagnated or are in decline, and Congress refuses to raise the floor by increasing the federal minimum wage.

Why the Houston union vote was important

December 6, 2005 - Getting ready to head to New Orleans, I'm a little behind commenting on a few big events in the Southern political landscape, including the announcement last week that nearly 5,000 janitors in Houston had voted to "go union":