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October 2, 2013 / Christian Clansky

Local governments work together to increase minimum wage

The federal government might not be working, but our local governments are. And, in what the Post describes as “an unusual display of regional collaboration,” local lawmakers are aiming to achieve a minimum wage increase to $11.50 throughout the region. County council members in both Montgomery and Prince George’s have proposed new legislation, and they are trying to bring the District on board, too (WaPo, 10/2):

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) confirmed Tuesday that he has had discussions with members of the Montgomery and Prince George’s councils. “We’re looking at a coordinated effort to get an increase in the minimum wage in the metropolitan area,” he said.

The article notes that the bills are likely to face resistance. But this is a step in the right direction. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to strike the word “unusual” from discussions of regional collaboration. Also, I think the picture above represents epic collaboration. Bonus points if you know what it is from!

COMMUNITY | We’re excited to announce that Leadership Fairfax has awarded its Trustee Leadership Award to Lynn Tadlock, head of the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and a WRAG board member. Lynn was chosen by a group of peers and the wider public for demonstrating “visionary leadership in the Northern Virginia community by willingly embracing new opportunities, and taking innovative and collaborative approaches in pursuit of better outcomes.”

Congratulations, Lynn! A ceremony will honor her and other award winners on November 7.

HOMELESSNESS | In 2008, the District adopted a program that aimed to end chronic homelessness among mentally and physically disabled individuals by 2015. Advocates say that the program was on track to succeed, but it has been stuck in neutral since Mayor Gray took office. (WaPo, 10/1)

HOUSING | U.S. apartment vacancy rate falls, rents rise (Reuters, 10/1)

EQUITY | Marriage trends are shifting in the country. It’s common knowledge that the divorce rate is very high in the United States, but what you might not know is that the “single parent crisis” is concentrated in low-income minority populations. The economic effect that it is having on this group has been labeled “the marriage inequality crisis.” (Atlantic, 10/1)

HEALTH | How the government shutdown affects public health (RWJF, 10/2)

TRANSIT | Metro’s ridership is down 25 percent thanks to the shutdown. (WaPo, 10/2) Hmm, less crowded trains…thanks, shutdown!

It’s sad to hear that Tom Clancy has passed away. I’ve always felt a special affinity with the author because people have frequently gotten my name (Clansky) wrong and then asked if I am related to him. His books were groundbreaking and their film adaptations were generally excellent. Here’s my favorite scene from Clear and Present Danger.

And now for something completely different. A cheesy but kinda great song, with a fantastically terrible movie video!

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