Writings and observations


New Year’s was temperate, sunny and not even very windy on the Oregon coast – perfect incentive to draw people from inland out to the water.

Here, people are enjoying a campfire at Pacific City on the night of New Year’s, as the holiday season comes toward an end. (photo/Randy Stapilus)

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Idaho front-page headlines on Day 1 of the new year took note (Idaho Statesman, Idaho Press Tribune, Idaho State Journal) of the group trying to raise the Idaho minimum wage to $9.80 an hour. The deadline for getting petition signatures is April 30.

The Raise Idaho backers, who include Anne Nesse of Coeur d’Alene, point out that Idaho has the most minimum-wage jobs, per capita, of any state.

There will be heavy pushback on this. Although the initiative process operates outside the legislative, look for a legislative reaction – one that’s not, of course, in favor of the initiative.

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