Governor Cuomo should start listening to the other side of raising the minimum wage to $15. The legislators in two local counties, St. Lawrence County and Oneida County have gone on record opposing the increase. Governor Cuomo may be buoyed by the far left University of California -Berkeley economists saying the boost would improve some living standards, but not weighing the majority of studies that prove it hurts far more than improves, is a disservice to all that will be impacted by the final decision. If two family members are earning the current minimum wage of $9.00 per hour and the wage is increased to $15 and one wage earner is laid off because the business cannot afford it, the family actually loses $3.00 an hour. Is this what the Governor wants? How does raising the minimum wage boost the living standards in this case? New York is not the only state facing the radical left's demand for a $15 minimum wage.
The democrat-controlled Assembly ignores what every locality has to abide by -- the spending cap. Instead of the 2% the Governor proposed - albeit through some financial maneuvering -- Speaker Heastie and his colleagues proposed a 3.7% increase.
Are educational leaders so out of touch with students that they do not realize the harm they are doing to them by bending the rules?
Hillary was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, yet she stated Monday night at the Illinois Town Hall meeting that the U.S. "didn't lose a single person" in Libya during her tenure as Secretary. Did Hillary forget what happened in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2011? The families of Ambassador Chris Stephens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith remember all too well the night their lives were shattered by the terrorist attack on our embassy. They also remember what Hillary told them when they meet, yet Hillary says they are mistaken. Hillary may choose to forget the stigma of September 11, 2011, but we will always remember how four Americans were left to die.
Bill Lewis' weekly column in the Queens Times Ledger is an interview of Chairman Mike Long. Read the column here.
Peter S. Kalikow opines on the anti-democratic plot to steal the GOP nomination from Donald Trump.