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Our Views: The wages of politics
Election-year push to raise minimum pay aimed at voters, not growing the economy
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Now that we think of it, maybe it would be best to have legislators stay home during an election year. That’s not doable, of course, particularly in Congress, where a third of senators and all representatives are up for re-election every two years. But based on the ideas we see proposed at the state and federal levels, it’s clear most even-year legislation is aimed not at solving real-world issues but getting in the heads of voters before they cast a ballot.