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Billionaire Bloomberg Vetoes Living Wage Bill

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Posted on Apr 26, 2012
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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to live in a better world. That’s why he vetoed a law that would have raised the minimum wage for a measly few hundred or so working New Yorkers to at least $10 an hour.

The bill would have required that developers subsidized by public dollars pay their employees the new rate, which, in New York City, hardly qualifies as a living wage.

Bloomberg defended his action with the standard conservative claim that jobs are best created and kept through the private sector, rather than government, and that companies would leave the city if the government did not allow them to pay low wages.

So we live in a society where the bullies call the shots, the picked-upon cry out for help, and this elected leader simply folds his hands and says no.

The City Council said it would move to override Bloomberg’s veto. Read the mayor’s full statement here. —ARK

Gothamist:

Talking to the press before he signed his veto, Bloomberg explained his feelings:

Those bills—the so-called living and prevailing wage bills—are a throwback to the era when government viewed the private sector as a cash cow to be milked, rather than a garden to be cultivated. In those days, government took the private sector for granted. We cannot afford to go back to those days. We cannot take our economy for granted. And I will not sign legislation—no matter how well-intended—that that hurts job creation and taxpayers.

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By heterochromatic, April 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

sand——- and which lies have been exposed by non-corporate reporters? do you
know of anything especially dishonest authored by the Bloomberg admin?

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By sanda1sculptorNYC, April 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

The corporate media never looked at his administration with a critical eye or to expose the lies.

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By Mona, April 28, 2012 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

Bloomberg must miss the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

If this bothers people of good conscience and intelligence (and especially in New York City), they should be OUT ON STRIKE MAY 1ST with Occupy Wall Street and the rest of the outraged planet.

Don’t go to work, don’t go to school, don’t do any housework, try to bike or walk, go to an Occupy Demonstration near you, spend the day at home with family and friends, or just reading a book.

But most importantly, don’t spend any money.  (Plan now how you will do this.)

For more information about activities in your area, visit http://occupywallst.org/article/may-day/

If you are outraged or in despair over our corporate circus of a political system, make your voice count by joining the May 1st General Strike Nationwide/Worldwide. - this Tuesday.

Love,

Mona

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By PatrickHenry, April 28, 2012 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

I find it suprising that a person who has so much can deny someone so little.

I guess it’s because minimum wage earners don’t contribute to campaigns.

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By diamond, April 27, 2012 at 11:57 am Link to this comment

“Local wage mandates have proven to kill jobs.”

And not paying people a living wage has proven to kill people. Bloomberg is only protecting his class - the predator class.

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By americanme, April 27, 2012 at 10:20 am Link to this comment

If there are no jobs to kill, there is no loss.

Duh.

It amazes me how you jokers who do not have a pot to pee in nor a window to toss it out of want to protect the savage capitalists from paying you a living wage.

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By heterochromatic, April 27, 2012 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

Max———pseticides have provn to kill weeds…..


killing jobs isn’t some mager disqualifier.


raising the wage is a balancing act and the idea is to insure that there’s more
positives than not….

this measure is a very close thing and the provision for a discretionary waiver for
non-profits and public interest projects would buy the bill additional support.

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By heterochromatic, April 27, 2012 at 9:19 am Link to this comment

gee——and I used to work as a short-order cook for a buck eighty.

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By IMax, April 27, 2012 at 8:14 am Link to this comment

Local wage mandates have proven to kill jobs.

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By mrfreeze, April 27, 2012 at 7:16 am Link to this comment

$7.25 is not a “minimum” wage…..it’s a slave wage…..

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By Jeff N., April 27, 2012 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

mrfreeze - the private prison industry is doing pretty well with that model, pushing to keep those draconian drug charge sentences so they can put our enormous prison population to work for fortune 500 companies at around .50 - 3.00/hr.  The land of the free my friend.

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By heterochromatic, April 27, 2012 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

mr freeze—- “The fact that there isn’t a national minimum wage ........”


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is that a fact? isn’t the fed min $7.25/hr ?

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By mrfreeze, April 27, 2012 at 6:24 am Link to this comment

Jeff N. - “The better argument I think is raising the minimum wage across the country, so that we won’t have different states fighting for the lowest wage to attract the most projects.  The minimum wage has not nearly kept pace with inflation as I believe an earlier article on here mentioned.”

You hit the nail on the head! The fact that there isn’t a national minimum wage is one of the fundamental reasons why labor today simply cannot win against the despots that call themselves “the job creators.” But you know you’re treading on thin ice with all the “job creators” when it comes to establishing any policy that benefits labor. As I said below: it’s ALL and ALLWAYS what “the job” creators want…...OH, wait….I have an even better idea…why not just set the minimum wage at $0 per hour…ya, that would work….

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By Jeff N., April 27, 2012 at 5:57 am Link to this comment

I tend to think the impact of raising wages by 3 dollars per hour on a companies decision for whether or not to accept a government contract in NYC is pretty negligible.  It’s going to be the city’s money paying the wage increase anyway.. and that money is most likely going back into the city economy.

The better argument I think is raising the minimum wage across the country, so that we won’t have different states fighting for the lowest wage to attract the most projects.  The minimum wage has not nearly kept pace with inflation as I believe an earlier article on here mentioned.

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By IMax, April 27, 2012 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

mrFreeze,

The issue here is not so much the .25 more per hour per employee.  The issue is that of City Councils legislating local wage mandates.  Such mandates aid no one when a potential employer can easily decide to do business elsewhere.

Local wage mandates have proven to kill jobs.  .25% of 0 is 0.

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By mrfreeze, April 26, 2012 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

Big B - What so disturbs me is how easily discussions about “commerce” in this country focus solely on what’s good for “business” which almost always translates to “the profit margin.” What so annoys me about this particular story is how profit/non-profit/public-private/private enterprises all get lumped into one big blob called “free enterprise.” If everything on earth was placed here by the god Miltenous Friedmanius, then, yes, every fucking thing that happens would have to “turn a profit.” The truth is, there are many things on earth that DON’T need to be “profitable.” As such, paying employees .25 more per hour (or whatever) to help them make $10 per hour won’t bring us to our economic knees. We all know this really, but the conversation has been so twisted in favor of whatever the “owners” want that the voices of the people who actually do all the work have been silenced.

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By IMax, April 26, 2012 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment

Where the bullies call the shots and the picked-upon cry?

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Is it me, or does this editor appear to genuinely believe that TruthDig visitors are currently in the 5th grade? LOL…

Now I ask, who here believe their own employer is a collection of “bullies” and you’re simply being “picked on”?  What type of adult thinks this way?

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By heterochromatic, April 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

Jeff—- if it causes some worthwhile projects no t to be undertaken because the
profit margin isn’t there, and I’m guessing to be more likely with small projects
in run-down neighborhoods rather than the larger ones in Manhattan, then it
might not be so great.


Bloomberg was set to sign the bill as he thought that there was a n agreement
to allow an administrative waiver for projects undertaken by non-profits and for
building low-cost housing.

I don’t know if you have any idea of what rents are in this town, but a hell of a
lot of families are squeezed by the rents and there’s an outer-borough need for
more rehab construction.
as well, there are a lot of people working construction in this town with
marginal skills, education and questionable IDs who might not get those jobs at
the higher wage and the increased city-required documentation.

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By Big B, April 26, 2012 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

MRfreeze

If Bloomberg cut off all public spendinf to private contractors, Wall Street would have to fold up shop and move to some other libretatian paradise, like Nigeria or Sudan.

Was there not a report out last week that said the average rent in NYC was about $1500.00 a month? ten dollars an hour is about $1800.00 a month. Who needs to eat when you got a roof over your head?

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By mrfreeze, April 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment

If I understand the issue correctly, the raise in minimum wage applies to employees working for businesses that are receiving subsidies from the government. If Bloomberg believes in “private sector” solutions to everything, why then are there any companies operating in NY that receive benefits from the government? Why not simply cancel all the contracts done with subsidized businesses and turn everything over to private enterprises? After all, if you’re going to cut the employees off at the knees, why not do the same thing to the whole lot of them (top to bottom)?

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By Jeff N., April 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

hetero - How can raising the minimum wage to 10 dollars an hour for some workers in NYC not be beneficial?

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By americanme, April 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

Ah, another Let ‘em Eat Cake asshole.

Override him.

Then let him ride a rail outa town.

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By heterochromatic, April 26, 2012 at 10:38 am Link to this comment

yeah, ARK, Bloomberg vetoed the bill because he’s a billionaire….and the
evidence for that claim is even more absent than is the evidence that the bill
raising the min wage for govt funded projects by upwards of 33% would be
beneficial .....


or that the bill isn’t a political ploy….....

ARK——- did you take note of the claim that the Mayor’s and Council’s staffs
had reached a deal about the raise and that the bill presented to Bloomberg was
without the agreed-upon change?

http://tinyurl.com/cq5cafm


——- Truthdig is reliable. Our editors apply the same standards of journalism
found in the golden age newsrooms of America’s great newspapers. Sure, we
left the mainstream media behind, but we brought the copy editors with us.
Consider our facts checked…...


you got them facts checked????

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By Jeff N., April 26, 2012 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

What a sorry, pathetic excuse for a human being.

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By grumpynyker, April 26, 2012 at 10:06 am Link to this comment
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Yea I’ll remember that Manhattan Institute bs when
widdle Mikey Bloomberg wastes more taxpayer dollar
giving fat no-bid contracts to cronies like the
unqualified Cathy Black(to privatize public school
funds),Eva Moskowitz and of course his fellow Wall
Street three card monte hucksters.

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