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On minimum wage, the do-something Legislature outshines a do-nothing Congress

On minimum wage, the do-something Legislature outshines a do-nothing Congress

The California public’s view of the state Legislature has improved remarkably in recent years. And last week there was an example why.

Unlike the worthless Congress, state lawmakers actually are doing things. Not everything they should be, not the hardest tasks — fixing highways, streamlining regulation, lowering tuition, reforming taxes.

But the legislators do periodically pass important bills, such as last week’s legislation to dramatically boost the state’s minimum wage.

It isn’t all wonderful. There’s good, bad, nobility and ugliness. Some legislative deeds serve the public, some serve politics. Most serve both. That’s how...

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