President Barack Obama has declared today “Equal Pay Day”, as part of the administration’s ongoing efforts to bring attention to the gender wage gap. To that end, he will sign an executive order stopping federal contractors from penalizing workers who discuss their pay rates, and is calling on the Senate to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would expand the legal protections of the Equal Pay Act. 

The announcements mean that Texas’s running discussion about equal pay will continue. To that end, just a quick note here, in case any readers missed it: on Friday, we published a thoughtful piece on the statewide debate by Bethany Albertson, an assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. Our thanks to her and to those of you who have weighed in with substantive comments, on this as on other issues. 

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