News Roundup for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Better Late than Never: New Jersey becomes the fourth state to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But it’s phased in over several years, and there are enough carve-outs to drive a truck through. Bill Orr recently explained what’s included in this bill and what’s not. (Featured image: Lt Gov Oliver’s Facebook page)

Forward and Backward Steps in Equality: As we celebrate the life of activist Babs Siperstein, and take steps forward, we are reminded that there are still anti-equality bigots out there in 2019.

What ever happened to the First Amendment? A group of Rutgers students found guilty on criminal charges for exercising their free speech rights.

Will Trump shut down the government again? If he does, New Jersey’s federal workers may get some relief on municipal tax payment penalties.

Now there are two. A second undocumented worker from Trump’s Bedminster club will attend his political speech in the chamber of the House of Representatives tonight. Earlier we reported that Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman invited Victorina Morales. Now, Congressman Jimmy Gomez of California will host Sandra Diaz.

Bedminster is not the only New Jersey Trump property that used undocumented immigrants. Workers at Trump’s Camden County golf course were recently fired.

Beyond the bright lights. Blight in Atlantic City.

Bring out the tiny violins: New Jersey casinos lost (as they put it) “a small, barely seven figure loss” on the Superb Owl

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