9:40 am Nov. 23, 2011
The debate over the proposed "living wage" legislation, which would require private companies to pay higher wages to employees at locations developed with the help of public subsidies, isn't just happening inside the New York City Council.
Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez describes it as the latest fight to lift low-wage workers out of the cycle of poverty, and a continuation of a battle set off by the Bronx Borough President who opposed the mayor's plan at Kingsbridge Armory.
But the News' editorial page, the News comes out flatly against the bill, arguing that it's the city, not the private companies, who would really be paying for the workers' higher salaries.
"[F]orcing salaries up only increases the cost of a project -- and thus the public contribution."
On the op-ed page, Harlem councilwoman Inez Dickens explains why she supported the original bill earlier, but now opposes the bill because it goes too far (despite the fact it was scaled back to apply only to larger businesses).
The whole debate, neatly encapsulated inside one newspaper today.
A conservative columnist declared Newt Gingrich the winner from last night's debate. [Michael Walsh]
Gingrich's nuanced pronouncement on immigration policy, which was the focus of much of last night's Republican debate, is written up below Mitt Romney attempting humor by saying that his first name is really Mitt. (It's really Willard). [Thomas DeFrank and Alison Gendar]
A respected political reporter pans Mitt Romney's ad in New Hampshire as extraordinarily dishonest. [Thomas DeFrank]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg partied with ousted schools chancellor Cathie Black. [Page Six]
Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo split on blaming Obama for the deficit reduction plan, because "Andrew Cuomo is trying to make sure he can keep his Democratic credentials intact," one consultant said. [Erin Einhorn, Glenn Blain and Ken Lovett]
Residents of the 10021 zip code pay the highest taxes in the country. [Chuck Bennett]
One editorial board suggests that Kirsten Gillibrand shouldn't be able to support Occupy Wall Street while raising as much money as she does from Wall Street. [New York Post]
The state's education commissioner argues for consolidation of school districts. [Megan E. Murphy]
At the end of yesterday's hearing, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn did not say whether she supports or opposes the living wage legislation, which supporters say got a boost recently from the Occupy Wall Street movement. [Kate Taylor]
Quinn is feeling pressure from both sides. [Joseph de Avila]
One labor leader supporting the living wage bill connected the legislation to "What we have seen from Egypt to Tunisia, from Wisconsin to Occupy Wall Street…" [Sally Goldenberg]
"Quinn must decide whether government should be about subsidizing wage inequality or closing the gap," writes a Daily News columnist. [Juan Gonzalez]
"[T]he measure would force taxpayers to subsidize private-sector wages at a time when the city is laying off public employees," says an editorial page. [Daily News]
A councilwoman from Harlem opposes the bill because it may "have an adverse impact on small, minority-and-women-owned businesses in my district and across the city as a whole." [Inez Dickens]
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is engaged to his partner of 12 years, Dan Hendrick of the New York League of Conservation Voters. [Rebecca Henely]