Minimum Wage in St. Louis Drops From $10 to $7.70 After Missouri Governor Signs New Bill

Big business, and the subservient politicians that pander to them, will not rest until they working people in chains. Time that we hold this governor accountable:

Greitens’s claim that raising the minimum wage would “kill jobs” is not supported by economic research. The National Employment Law Project released an exhaustive report in 2016 looking at every federal minimum wage hike since 1938. The investigators found that year-over-year employment increased 68% of the time after each wage hike. What’s more, the industries most affected by minimum wage more often saw jumps in employment: 73% of the time in retail, and 82% in leisure and hospitality.

“These basic economic indicators show no correlation between federal minimum-wage increases and lower employment levels,” the authors wrote. The only times when minimum wage increases correlated to a decline in employment were during or near recessions. In most other cases, there was a neutral or positive relationship.

When it was first created in 1938, the US federal minimum wage was 25 cents. As a percentage of GDP per capita, that would equate to a wage of about $20 an hour today.

Disability backlog tops 1 million; thousands die on waitlist

More than 1 million Americans await a hearing to see whether they qualify for disability benefits from Social Security, with the average wait nearly two years — longer than some of them will live. All have been denied benefits at …

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Pro-democracy activists plan National Day march amid calls to sack Occupy co-founder Benny Tai

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy bloc vowed to launch a black T-shirt march on National Day in protest over “political persecution” by the “authoritarian government”, while thousands of pro-establishment protesters gathered on Sunday to demand the sacking of …

Source: Pro-democracy activists plan National Day march amid calls to sack Occupy co-founder Benny Tai

Republican lawmaker vows to run over protesters who block highways

In the wake of heated protests in St. Louis following the acquittal of the cop who killed Anthony Lamar Smith, a self-described Christian lawmaker from Pennsylvania endorsed running over protesters who block roads. While sharing a news story about the St.

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Inequality Persists Despite US Progress on Incomes and Poverty

Steady U.S. economic growth helped household incomes climb to a record and reduced poverty last year, according to Census Bureau data released Tuesday. Yet inequality remained evident across income levels, race and gender, indicating there’s work to …

Source: Inequality Persists Despite US Progress on Incomes and Poverty

Crime Does Not Pay, Except On Wall Street

The banks and Wall St. are still robbing the American people. Nothing less than political revolution will change that:

A decade has passed since the onset of the financial crisis, leading to the Great Recession, after major banks and investment firms built a Jenga tower of exceedingly complex transactions. These financiers, investors, and executives knew that the house …

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Snowden: Where’s The NSA’s Proof Russia Hacked DNC?

Senior U.S. intelligence officials, including those appointed by President Donald Trump, have stated their definitive belief that the Russian government is responsible for the hack of the DNC and subsequent release of information to Wikileaks via a …

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