Los Angeles Votes for Minimum Wage Increase to $15 by 2020

May 20, 2015, 3:38 pm EDT

Los Angeles has voted for a minimum wage increase to $15 by 2020.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 in favor of the minimum wage increase. The city’s current minimum wage is $9 an hour and the increase will affect roughly 800,000 people. The first wage increase will happen in July 2016 and will increase minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The approval of the minimum wage increase in Los Angeles is being viewed as a victory by many labor activists. However, some businesses have warned that the increase could cause them to lay off workers, or leave the city completely, L.A. Times notes. Read 

@POTUS: President Obama Gets His Own Twitter Account

May 19, 2015, 3:13 pm EDT

President Barack Obama now has his own verified account on Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) under the handle “@POTUS”.

President Barack Obama’s Twitter account was opened and verified on Monday, May 18, 2015. The account already has 1.65 million followers and currently follows 65 other people. This account is separate from the official White House Twitter account.

President Obama’s first Tweet is as follows: Read 

Presidential Candidates 2016: Rick Perry Plans June 4 Announcement

May 15, 2015, 3:24 pm EDT

Rick Perry will soon join be in the growing list of 2016 presidential candidates.

The former Texas governor — a position he kept for 14 years — will announce his candidacy on June 4. Perry is facing an uphill battle as a Quinnipiac survey revealed that only 3% of Republicans support his candidacy.

The 65-year-old has done plenty of prep work already, consulting advisors on foreign and domestic policy and sought out help to improve his public speaking skills. He’s also visited a number of early voting states such as Iowa. Read 

New York Nail Salons to Face Intense Scrutiny

May 11, 2015, 2:35 pm EDT

New York nail salons are facing intense scrutiny and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced emergency measures to protect employees.

A report from the New York Times found that many New York nail salons aren’t paying their employees proper wages. Manicurists are considered tipped employees in the state, but many employers aren’t compensating them to make sure they earned at least minimum wage. They were also being charged $100 to work in a salon, reports Business Insider.

The report also found that some of the chemicals handled by manicurists could have negative health effects, including miscarriages, respiratory problems, and skin infections. These employees were dissuaded from wearing protective gear due to it being “unsightly”. Cuomo’s efforts include educating employees of New York nail salons about their rights, Business Insider notes. Read 

Presidential Candidates 2016: 5 Things to Know About Mike Huckabee

May 5, 2015, 1:17 pm EDT

The list of presidential candidates for the 2016 elections has expanded further with Mike Huckabee.

Mike Huckabee announced himself as one of the presidential candidates for the 2016 elections on Tuesday from his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. Here are a few things to know about Huckabee, as collected from CNN.

    Huckabee is a Republican. He served as a host on Fox News for several years. Huckabee’s hometown is also the hometown of former president Bill Clinton. He’s a former governor of Arkansas. Huckabee has also been a Southern Baptist minister.

To learn more about the newest of the presidential candidates, click here. Read 

NYC to Spend $70M to Bring Wireless to Low-Income Residents

May 4, 2015, 3:47 pm EDT

New York City (NYC) has committed $70 million to bring wireless Internet to low-income residents.

Mayor de Blasio’s administration is looking to offer Wi-Fi to the 22% of New Yorkers that lack a home Internet connection. A 10-year program is in place to do so.

“From doing homework to finding a job, high-speed internet access is as important as electricity to building opportunities for all of our people,” Maya Wiley, counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in a statement. Read 

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