Capital Bell – MINIMUM WAGE IS UP IN OAKLAND, WAL-MART IS OUT
|Jan. 25, 2016|
|Good afternoon from quiet, snow-covered Capitol Hill, where advocates of education reform celebrate the news that National School Choice Week boasts over 16,000 events focused on alternatives to failing public schools. In an Illinois school district, meanwhile, a federal mandate allowed a transgender student to begin to use a girls’ locker room. Today’s Capital Bell also highlights debate over the role a higher minimum wage played in the closing of Wal-Marts in Oakland, Calif., and elsewhere.
|Oakland’s minimum wage is up and Wal-Mart is out. The San Francisco Chronicle says two Wal-Mart locations in Oakland’s neighboring city of San Leandro, where minimum wage is $10, will remain open. The Daily Signal’s Leah Jessen has the story.|
|School choice interest is skyrocketing as public schools disappoint. Watchdog.org’s Josh Kaib reports that this is shaping up to be the best year yet for National School Choice Week. The annual January event, which began in 2011, will feature 16,140 events, up from roughly 11,000 last year.|
|This school allows transgender student to use girls’ locker room. A transgender student was granted access to an Illinois public school’s female locker room after reaching an agreement with the school, reports The Daily Signal’s Mariana Barillas.|
|What we’re reading: Conservatives and liberals have cited criminal justice reform as a rare example of bipartisan agreement in President Obama’s final year. But not if Sen. Tom Cotton has anything to say about it. The freshman Republican from Arkansas is "leading a new rebellion" against the measure, warning that a Senate bill "would lead to the release of thousands of violent felons," reports Politico’s Seung Min Kim.|
|ONE MORE THING
|There is no official count of how many members of Congress have chosen adoption, but broad support exists on both sides of the aisle. That includes Rep. Markwayne Mullin, pictured above. The Oklahoma Republican says many think their work in Congress would keep them from adopting kids, but as The Daily Signal’s Philip Wegmann explains, that’s not the case at all.|
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