... Sen. Spilka's leadership team: Creem, Brownsberger, Chandler, Lovely, Barrett, DiDomenico, Rush, Cyr ...... Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport tapped by Spilka to chair Ways and Means Committee ...... Lewis takes over for Chang-Diaz as Education Committee chair, with issue at top of early 2019 agenda ...... Sen. Friedman takes leadership of Health Care Financing as lawmakers revisit major health care bill ...... Lynn Democrat Sen. Brendan Crighton to chair Housing Committee as lawmakers explore production bill options ...... Chang-Diaz takes over Marijuana Policy Committee chair from Sen. Jehlen ...... First-term Sens. Comerford to chair Public Health, Rausch Municipalities, and Kennedy Tourism Committee ...... Sen. Eric Lesser takes over Ethics Committee, which Rodrigues chaired last session ...... Brownsberger to chair Redistricting Committee as state prepares for decennial census ...... Baker visiting family in Florida for rest of week ...... Report: cost of traffic congestion, in hours and $$$, higher in Boston than any other city ...... Gas prices fall to 18-month low as MBTA considers hitting riders with another round of fare hikes ...... Business confidence in Massachusetts slips to lowest level since October 2016 ...... Baker ending February with trip to NGA winter meetings, address to Boston Chamber of Commerce ...... Mass. Lottery poised to open new headquarters in Dorchester on Feb. 19 ...... Boston-area tunnels, highway systems need $1.6 billion in work ...... Warren officially launches presidential bid and Moulton says he's thinking about getting in the race ...... ...
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MELROSE REP URGES CONGRESS TO ACT ON INCOME INEQUALITY

By Matt Murphy
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 7, 2019.....State Rep. Paul Brodeur brought his experience working on a minimum wage hike on Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill on Thursday, telling members of a House committee that growing income inequality across the country "demands national intervention."


Rep. Paul Brodeur told U.S. House members that rising income inequality "demands a national intervention." [Photo: Committee livestream]

Brodeur, who last session co-chaired the Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor about how Massachusetts policy leaders in 2018 coalesced behind a $15 minimum wage by 2023.

His input was invited by House Democrats who are eyeing legislation that would create a $15 an hour federal minimum wage by 2024. He testified as part of a panel alongside economists, a labor activist and fast food worker from Missouri, and a business owner from Iowa.


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