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Q&A: Same-sex marriage, minimum wage

Same-sex marriage

Can you please print a list of which states allow same-sex marriages?

Same-sex marriages are legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. They are: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Oregon and Pennsylvania joined the list in May when two federal judges ruled those states' bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional.

A new minimum wage

President Barack Obama was quoted in an email that "28 million Americans would benefit from raising the minimum wage and 70 percent of Americans agree that now's the time to do it." I would like to know if these statistics are true.

A report from the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, stated that "27.8 million American workers would see their pay increase" if the minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour by 2016.

The report, issued in December, stated those workers "would receive about $35 billion in additional wages over the phase-in period." That would have raised the minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $8.20 this year, $9.15 in 2015 and $10.10 in 2016.

In a Gallup poll conducted Nov. 5-6, 2013, 69 percent of Americans surveyed said they would vote to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour "with automatic increases tied to inflation."

Internet Explorer woes

Microsoft announced a problem with its Internet Explorer browser. We were all cautioned not to use it. Has that problem been solved or are we still cautioned not to use it?

Microsoft issued an emergency security update in May that fixes the bug in several versions of the Internet Explorer browser. The bug allowed hackers to take control of computers with versions 6 through 11 of the browser. If automatic updates have been turned on, the patch was downloaded to your browser.

A Microsoft response team spokesman wrote: "While we've seen only a limited number of targeted attacks, customers are advised to install this update promptly. For those manually updating, we strongly encourage you to apply this update as quickly as possible."

Where GM's fine goes

General Motors has agreed to pay a $35 million fine. Where does that money go?

Money from the fine, levied after GM concealed defects in the ignition switches of some models, will go the general fund of the U.S. Treasury.

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