When companies switch from normal paychecks to electronic payroll debit cards, employers save money -- and expose their workers to bank abuses. Federal rules are coming, but some states don't feel like waiting.
"I think the DOJ's report on Ferguson shined a light on the corrupting influence a profit motive can have on what happens in the criminal justice system," said attorney Deborah Golden, who represents current and former inmates at the DC jail.
Reports of the death of the Seattle restaurant scene are premature, according to Seattle restaurant owners who have found themselves unwilling pawns in a wave of punditry criticizing the city's $15 minimum wage law
Surging homelessness and collapsing temperatures have exhausted Washington, D.C.'s capacity to shelter those in need on cold nights, something city law requires. A short-term fix is underway, but advocates remain optimistic that Mayor Muriel Bowser will still focus on long-term solutions.
“There is a good way, instead of just using taxes to build a bridge, why not use a charge on pollution to build not only a bridge, but also clean air so kids can breathe. You get a twofer,” Inslee said. “That’s what we’re going to do.”