Mayor Michael Bloomberg has vetoed a City Council bill that would have raised the minimum wage in New York City to $11.50, calling the measure “a throwback to the era when government viewed the private sector as a cash cow to be milked.”
The measure would have allowed workers to be paid $10 per hour if benefits were included. It was hailed by supporters as a way to boost the fortunes of the poorest New Yorkers. A full year’s salary at the minimum wage is less than $16,000.
Oh you minimum wage workers milking those private business owners by asking to be paid a wage that will still leave you in poverty in New York!
But hey, Bloomberg has handled this situation with the kind of professionalism and respectability we need in our centrist third party that will pull us back from the brink of something:
On his regular appearance on WORS radio, Bloomberg said, “The last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR and that didn’t work out so well,” adding, “You cannot stop the tides from coming in.”
And then this:
The mayor also took the opportunity to call a measure requiring certain businesses to offer their employees paid sick leave a “god-awful bill.”
Please Mayor Bloomberg, you are the only one who can save America from the tyranny of $10 an hour jobs and sick leave!!!