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Hillary Fleshes Out Details

Hillary pushes profit-sharing in NH town hall. NYT: “The ‘rising incomes, sharing profits’ tax credit Mrs. Clinton is proposing would give companies a two-year tax credit equivalent to 15 percent of profits distributed to employees, to be capped at 10 percent of wages. The credits would cost an estimated $10 billion to $20 billion over 10 years and would be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.”

Clinton diverges on $15 minimum wage. The Hill: “[Martin] O’Malley’s remarks on Thursday are his strongest yet for a $15 national minimum wage, a level he supported prior to entering the 2016 field … [Sen. Bernie Sanders] additionally backs that hourly pay rate. [Clinton] backed efforts to raise local minimum wages in high-cost areas of the country to $15, but suggested that high a level might not make sense in other places.”

Hillary Clinton’s economic rhetoric reflects latest research in how wages rise, says NYT’s Paul Krugman: “There’s just no evidence that raising the minimum wage costs jobs, at least when the starting point is as low as it is in modern America … [The] benefits largely offset the direct effect of higher labor costs … Once you take what we’ve learned from minimum-wage studies seriously, you realize that they’re not relevant just to the lowest-paid workers.”

Jeb Bush walks fine lines in San Francisco. Time: “…Jeb Bush indicated Thursday that he thinks existing laws sufficient to ensure men and women are paid equally for the same work, but that he would back legislation in the states to prevent workplace and housing discrimination against LGBT Americans … Bush said that in the case of a florist approached by a gay couple, ‘you should be obligated to sell them flowers…’ … But he said that the objecting florist should not be required to participate in the wedding…”

Senate Passes Education Reform

Senate passes, 81-17, its own version of No Child Left Behind revamp. NYT: “[In the House and Senate bills,] states would be given latitude to decide how [math and reading] assessment tests are used to measure school and teacher performance. The Senate version would require states to continue to use the tests as a significant accountability factor; the House measure does not. Both versions would prohibit the federal government from requiring any specific set of academic standards … a provision in the House bill … would permit low-income students to transfer federal dollars between districts … the Obama administration strongly opposes such a provision for fear it might drain needed funds from districts in need.”

More from Politico: “The Senate bill would dump many of NCLB’s hallmark accountability provisions. The law’s mandate that schools that repeatedly miss their performance targets allow students to transfer to another school or face an overhaul would evaporate. So would the requirement that schools meet specific performance targets.”

Breakfast Sides

Senate moves toward long-term transportation bill. The Hill: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that top lawmakers on transportation issues, like Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), were sifting through potential methods to pay for a long-term highway bill. McConnell has set up an initial Tuesday vote for a highway measure.

Interior Dept. proposes new rule on coal pollution. NYT: “…the rule mandates that coal companies test and monitor the condition of streams affected by their activities before, during and after a mining operation … companies would have to put up increased money for bonds, or collateral, to pay for restoration once they finished mining … Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, one of the states that would be most affected, has already introduced legislation that tries to strike down the proposed regulation.”

Treasury Dept. investigates online lenders. NYT: “For now, the Treasury’s effort appears more of a fact-finding exercise, rather than a deliberate attempt to establish new regulations. The department is inviting public comment on the sector and plans to hold a round-table discussion this summer with input from the $12 billion industry, borrowers and consumer advocates.”

Alaska 30th state to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. NYT: “After failing to persuade his Legislature to expand Medicaid, Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska said Thursday that he planned to unilaterally accept the federal funds available to cover more low-income residents under the program.”

IMF presses Europe on Greek debt relief. Bloomberg: “The agreement … won’t be enough to keep the euro region together unless Greece’s creditors also lower the country’s debt burden to boost its growth prospects, Lagarde said Friday.”

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