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Today in the news: debt, minimum wage and the “Bridgegate Scandal”

Bruce Rauner readdresses minimum wage

CHICAGO — Contrary to his previous statement, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner declared that he is in favor of raising minimum wage in Illinois. He had first announced at a forum in Moline that he advocated decreasing the current hourly rate of $8.25 an hour to $7.25 – the national rate. Now, he’s in favor of seeing it raised to $10 an hour. (Source: The Chicago Tribune)


Governor Chris Christie forced to apologize to New Jersey

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie apologized to the people of New Jersey after his staff members blocked traffic on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey, after Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich evidently declined support of Christie’s reelection bid. The incident, now popularly referred to as the “Bridgegate Scandal” forced a bewildered Christie, who claimed to have no part in the scandal, to apologize to the people of New Jersey, and later to the people of Fort Lee. (Source: The Los Angeles Times)


California Governor addresses debt, spending

LOS ANGELES — California Governor Jerry Brown announced a $155 billion budget plan that would repay $11 billion of California’s debt and store $1.6 billion for later in a reserve fund. The new budget aims to rid California public schools of budget cuts and teacher layoffs and help provide healthcare for Californians. The proposal will increase fund spending by 8.5 percent, and is due to go into effect July 1. (Source: The New York Times)

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