Bloomberg Slams Minimum Wage Hike, Says He Doesn’t Miss Old Gig a Bit

Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently sat down with Katie Couric for his first extended interview since leaving office, and claimed he’s not missing City Hall all that much.

“I literally don’t think about it,” Mr. Bloomberg told the Yahoo News host, when asked whether he was suffering from withdrawal following 12 years as the city’s mayor. Continue reading “Bloomberg Slams Minimum Wage Hike, Says He Doesn’t Miss Old Gig a Bit”

Council Members Rally for Higher NYC Minimum Wage

Melissa Mark-Viverito and other advocates rallying earlier today.
Melissa Mark-Viverito and other advocates rallying earlier today. (Photo: Kelly Weill)

The days after the mayor releases his preliminary budget are usually filled with protests by advocates stomping their feet, decrying cuts to favored programs on the steps of City Hall.

But today, the labor groups, workers, and council members rallying outside City Hall were there to hail Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call during his State of the City speech for an increase in the minimum wage. Continue reading “Council Members Rally for Higher NYC Minimum Wage”

Cuomo Cool to de Blasio’s Minimum Wage Push

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t appear inclined to grant Mayor Bill de Blasio’s request to grant the city control of its own local minimum wage–setting the stage for another major policy disagreement between the state’s leading two Democrats.

Speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show this morning, Mr. Cuomo was directly asked whether he favored Mr. de Blasio’s plan, which would give the city the freedom to raise the minimum without Albany’s permission. Though he didn’t reject it outright, Mr. Cuomo suggested a potentially “chaotic” and “unproductive” situation would emerge if every city set its own wage laws. Continue reading “Cuomo Cool to de Blasio’s Minimum Wage Push”

De Blasio’s Minimum Wage Hike May Face Resistance in Albany

Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared today in his State of the City address that he will urge state lawmakers to grant New York City the power to raise its own minimum wage, setting up yet another struggle between progressives and right-leaning lawmakers in the state. 

This campaign, however, could face even more resistance in Albany than Mr. de Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on the rich to fund universal prekindergarten, experts say.  Continue reading “De Blasio’s Minimum Wage Hike May Face Resistance in Albany”

De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage

The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio's first State of the City speech.
The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to hang another key proposal of his early administration on Albany, announcing plans today to push state lawmakers to allow the city to set its own minimum wage during his first State of the City address. Continue reading “De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage”

Obama Proposes $9.00 Minimum Wage

(photo: whitehouse.gov)
(photo: whitehouse.gov)

Step aside Governor Andrew Cuomo, President Barack Obama has one-upped your minimum wage proposal.

In his State of the Union speech tonight, Mr. Obama unveiled a number of initiatives, including a new national minimum wage rate of $9.00 an hour, raised from the previous minimum of $7.25.

“We know our economy is stronger when we reward an honest day’s work with honest wages,” Mr. Obama says in his prepared remarks. Continue reading “Obama Proposes $9.00 Minimum Wage”

Breaking Ranks, Eric Ulrich Endorses Minimum Wage Hike

eric ulrich fb Breaking Ranks, Eric Ulrich Endorses Minimum Wage Hike
Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)

Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich, currently a candidate for the State Senate against Joe Addabbo, announced he supports legislation to increase New York State’s minimum wage to $8.50 this evening. The move places him on the opposite side of the issue than Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Republican conference, who steadfastly oppose the legislation.

“People are hurting in Queens and the current minimum wage simply isn’t enough to make ends meet for families here,” Mr. Ulrich said in a statement. “Single parent households are especially hit hard by the rising cost of living in New York. The bottom line is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the week at $7.25 per hour to pay the rent or mortgage and to buy the basic household items they need. I have listened to both sides of this argument, but one truth resonates more than any other: If we don’t take this action, too many families are going to go under.”

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