Daily Clips: March 14, 2017

69 percent of Americans say they have less than $1,000 in savings: How is this possible? And how have our people been so badly duped into supporting politicians that lead them to this reality?

A $1 increase in the minimum wage would reduce teen pregnancies by about 2 percent:

That would mean about 5,000 fewer births annually, and the number could go higher if the increase climbed over $1, according to Lindsey Rose Bullinger, the study author and an associate instructor and doctoral student at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Michael Gerson realizes that his old party has left him behind:

Day by day, Republicans are lowering their standards of sanity to defend an administration seized by conspiracy thinking. If they do not stand up to this trend, they will be defining lunacy down.

Emboldened by Trump, minimum wage opponents fight back:

In Washington state, business groups, including the National Federation of Independent Business, filed suit claiming that the recently passed minimum wage initiative—which, like Arizona, raises its minimum to $12 an hour by 2020 and institutes mandatory paid sick leave—violated the state’s constitution because it addresses more than one issue, and because the measure’s title on the ballot failed to accurately describe its contents.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.