They are finally abandoning the Capitol, after a threatened multi-hour debate on the minimum wage. Fresh off their 7-hour debate on putting the “pal” in palliative marijuana, the House caucused a watered-down minimum wage bill that would raise the current $8.25 level to $8.50 next January and $8.75 the year after. The current bill does not include annual indexing that would raise it along with the cost of living in the out years. The original bill proposed by Speaker of the House Chris Donovan, would have hiked the minimum wage to $9 next January and $9.75 in 2014.
After a 15-minute caucus, House leaders decided to pull the plug on the night and go home