If the governor was on Twitter earlier today, he might have seen a flurry of messages urging him to raise the state's minimum wage to $9 an hour and index it to the rate of inflation.
Last night at a mayoral forum about poverty, comptroller John Liu said the city's minimum wage should be $11.50 an hour.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand emailed supporters this morning to make the case for why a $9 minimum wage would be particularly helpful to working women.
"We all know this increase is long overdue," Gillibrand wrote. "But here’s something you may not know: an incredibly disproportionate number – 64% of minimum wage earners – are women."
Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to emphasize that his support for a majority-Republican coalition in the State Senate is conditional.
This morning Governor Andrew Cuomo said that the Republican-led Senate, in opposing marijuana decriminalization, was responding to the "extreme" conservative wing of the state's Republican party, whose views he sometimes sees articulated in the New York Post.(2)
Following a New York Times editorial recommending the city adopt Philadelphia-style stop-and-frisk reform, Mayor Michael Bloomberg this morning wondered, "More murders, higher crime? Is that what the Times wants?"
This morning, at a press conference in the basement of a Greek Orthodox church in Queens, Mayor Michael Bloomberg reaffirmed his “conceptual” support for raising the state’s minimum wage, without committing to back Speaker Sheldon Silver’s concrete minimum-wage proposal, which was revealed today.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be fervently opposed to the “living wage” bill now being considered by the City Council, but during his second-to-last State of the City address, delivered Thursday afternoon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that “the genius of the free market is not always perfect.” Then he endorsed a living wage bill of another sort.