Friday, June 23, 2006

This & That for Friday

This: Lynn Swann outlines his program for public education. For some reason, he does not embrace my innovative, sure-fire Bake Sale proposal. (See No. 3)

That: The House passes a lobbyist disclosure bill and Dave Ralis thinks it's a crock.

This: After what seems to be a century of lobbying, supporters finally get the Senate to pass an increase in the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. It will go up to $7.15 an hour next year with some exceptions. Someone who deserves credit: state Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D., Phila.), for whom this bill has been a personal crusade.

That: Meanwhile, the Senate passes a proposed Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage -- but with an important change intact that allows civil unions. John Baer gives the Senate a pat on the back for doing the right thing, the second he's bestowed in the last 25 years.


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