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Letter: More information sought, and needed, on bill

By Dale Cuperus, Lakefield

My intellectual radar detected deception when reading the article in the March 30, 2019 Globe article on page A6 entitled “Hagedorn co-sponsors the WAGE Equity Act.” I decided to do some further research. I went to the direct source, the U.S. House of Representatives website, looking for the exact text for the WAGE Equity Act. When I typed “WAGE Equity Act” into the search box, the response I got back was for the Paycheck Fairness Act. The Paycheck Fairness Act did not have 48 co-sponsors; it had over 200. That is a lot of co-sponsors to pick up in a matter of days!  

This information put my deception detector into high gear. When I checked the co-sponsors from Minnesota for the Paycheck Fairness Act, there were five listed — but not Hagedorn. A number of further inquiries on the official U.S. House of Representatives website produced no further response for the WAGE Equity Act. Then I noticed in the article in the Globe that WAGE Equity Act was in quotes. I am still trying to figure what the quote marks mean. I still have not been able to get the full text for the proposed “WAGE Equity Act.”

I assume this news piece was a press release since it had Washington as a byline. May I offer a suggestion to the Globe? When you run a press release from an officeholder, please request the official bill number along with the common name title so your readers are able to do proper research.