Morning Must Reads: Oh Boy, 2013 Here We Come!

I bet many of you miss the last two years a little. Governor Tom Corbett is hoping to capitalize on that nostalgia by promising to focus over the next year on liquor privatization and transportation. That's right, it is time to party like it's November 2010. (Who doesn't fondly remember that era's hits? I still don't know what a G6 is?)

More seriously, we are glad to see that transportation is back on the agenda and, as Amy Worden reports, that lawmakers are looking to push the Governor on transportation so as to avoid another year filled only with promises.

A bill to raise the minimmum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour and provide annual cost-of-living increases advanced in the New Jersey Legislature on Monday.

The Patriot-News editorial board this morning is sharply critical of Congress for failing to address the fiscal cliff more quickly over this holiday season.  We don't question that a deal is necessary, but there is no reason to believe that the U.S. economy faces dire consequences if no deal is struck by January 1.

Lawmakers are going to make a deal; the question is whether it will be a good deal for kids, seniors and the middle class. 

In a related note, the Patriot-News editorial board references the CEOs in the “Fix the Debt” coalition. As the two links below explain, the interests of the "Fix the Debt" coalition are not the same as those of most families.

Twenty­‐two publicly traded companies that are members of the coalition have spent more on lobbying in the past three years than they have on taxes.
  

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