In NY, Cuomo raises the minimum wage to $15 for yet another subset of workers

posted at 6:01 pm on January 5, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

This is turning into something of a bad habit in New York. Last year we saw the Empire State’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, unilaterally push through a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour only for certain fast food workers. In November – once again without the consent or cooperation of the legislature – Cuomo moved toward a similar measure for state employees. This week, with even more curious restrictions and exceptions, the Governor announced that he would be doing the same for tens of thousands of employees at the State University of New York (SUNY).

Gov. Cuomo played the progressive champion Monday at a union rally in Midtown, announcing he would extend the $15 minimum wage to 28,000 employees of SUNY.

CUNY quickly said it planned to follow suit.

“This is an issue of values and principles and conscience, and somewhere along the way, we’ve lost that equation in this country,” Cuomo declared before cheering union members at the 1199/SEIU health-care workers’ headquarters in Times Square.

The announcement was made in front of a rally for SEIU union members, of course, since they are the base of Cuomo’s political power and stand to benefit the most from his generosity with the taxpayers’ dollars. But yet again it wasn’t an across the board raise to be done all at once. In one of the most blatantly political maneuvers seen in an already shockingly biased and slanted administration, Cuomo said that the raise would go into full effect for SUNY workers in New York City by 2018, but not for those in the upstate counties until 2021. (I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that he’s up for election again in 2018.)

The state GOP (which holds very little actual power and is generally dysfunctional at best) didn’t have much to say, but another conservative group was quick to react with a strongly worded letter.

“Since Gov. Cuomo is so dependent on the big labor unions to advance his political career, it’s no surprise to see them cash in with his support for their plan to expand membership rolls and profit by millions through their ‘Fight for $15’ campaign,” said Brian Rogers, executive director of America Rising.

“The consequences are all too real for the hardworking New Yorkers who will have to foot the bill, costing jobs and diminishing opportunity at a time they need it most.”

All of this seems to leave unanswered one of the fundamental questions here. How does the Governor seem to get away with this many stunts using nothing more than the pen and the phone, as the President would say? Is the state minimum wage – particularly when it comes to state workers whose salaries are funded by the taxpayers – not clearly a matter for the legislature to decide? Never mind the fact that those not in politically favored groups don’t benefit from the Governor’s largess and that many other low income workers will wind up losing their jobs.

I’m beginning to wonder if Andrew Cuomo hasn’t taken that whole Empire State moniker a little too seriously. The man apparently thinks himself an emperor now.

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Well, in his defense, it IS easier to spend other people’s money …

dissent555 on January 5, 2016 at 6:07 PM

But if a raise is good for the economy, why stop at $15? Wouldn’t $20 be even better? Or $25? I would like a lefty to explain at what point a raise increase becomes counterproductive and why $15 should be chosen as that point.

HugoDrax on January 5, 2016 at 6:13 PM

I guess equal protection under the law doesn’t mean what it used to. Now it means certain kinds of taxes or mandates only apply to those who don’t enjoy the favor the state or federal executive.

Atlantian on January 5, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Congrats NYC, enjoy your Marxism.

antipc on January 5, 2016 at 6:14 PM

So all those high skilled janitors, groundskeepers, office flunkies etc., will get 15 bucks an hour. Just where will those dollars come from? It is easy to spend other peoples money.

major dad on January 5, 2016 at 6:15 PM

The state GOP (which holds very little actual power and is generally dysfunctional at best)

Then they have nothing to lose by using the Jonathon Swift maneuver – “Minimum wage should be $100/hr for every citizen of NY!”

mdenis39 on January 5, 2016 at 6:16 PM

The state GOP (which holds very little actual power and is generally dysfunctional at best) didn’t have much to say, but another conservative group was quick to react with a strongly worded letter.

Hey Jazz…zero diff between these peeps and the GOPe in DC except we control the House and the Senate! Yet same tired excuse from the RINO’s on what we can do nothing…lame.

Bring on da Trump!

winston on January 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

Didn’t know governors could unilaterally set minimum wage. Might as well just dissolve the legislature.

forest on January 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

I love the way lefties harp about a living wage as if an entry level job is supposed to be a career. Of course we do see those crying ” I’ve been here at McDonald’s for 10 years and still making X…” of course if they have been working at McDonald’s for 10 years and still are flipping burgers that may just be indicative of their relative value.

major dad on January 5, 2016 at 6:19 PM

Besides having the opposite effect,
(don’t they study economics any longer?)
When he speaks to the unwashed he sounds like he is in the stadium speaking as Cesar to his subjects…
that he believes admire him. sickening

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 6:20 PM

This whole thing has impacts FAR beyond just the areas where the minimum wage is raised. Low end / low skill labor is starting to demand higher wages because they shouldn’t be making the same or less as flat out no skill jobs. Why should anyone work hard to try and achieve a better position when they could just get a job with no responsibilities and nothing expected of them that pays about the same or even more?

clement on January 5, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Bring on da Trump!

winston on January 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

How about “Release the Trump” haha made myself smile.

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 6:23 PM

Cuomo said that the raise would go into full effect for SUNY workers in New York City by 2018, but not for those in the upstate counties until 2021. (I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that he’s up for election again in 2018.)

Of course, the affected SUNY colleges won’t announce tuition increases to cover the additional costs until 2019, AFTER the Emperor has been re-elected. After that, look for SUNY students to quit college to work as cooks and janitors!

Steve Z on January 5, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Didn’t know governors could unilaterally set minimum wage. Might as well just dissolve the legislature.

forest on January 5, 2016 at 6:17 PM

The former Governor in Kentucky set up Obamacare against the expressed wishes of the Legislature. Seems to be catching.

Johnnyreb on January 5, 2016 at 6:25 PM

Do Dems really need to buy votes in New York City?

fogw on January 5, 2016 at 6:27 PM

fogw on January 5, 2016 at 6:27 PM

No, it is just an automatic reflex now!

CoffeeLover on January 5, 2016 at 6:28 PM

A high min wage posits that people are intended to spend their career in one job. It removes incentive for advancement.

This little maneuver by Gunner is part of the slap fight between him and Wilhelm for dogooder of the year.

Somewhere down the line it’s intended to polish Gunner’s political image preparatory to a run for higher office.

irongrampa on January 5, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Congrats NYC, enjoy your Marxism.

antipc on January 5, 2016 at 6:14 PM

Cuomo is more than the governor of New York City. Although I only live here, I here tell he governs the whole state. It’s hard to say anything for sure, though. He is almost as much of a cipher as Pataki was.

Nomennovum on January 5, 2016 at 6:32 PM

2000 hrs x 15.00= 30,000 per yr with matching employer contributions
on payroll taxes, nice little increase for the coffers!
probably puts them over the level for welfare and they can start
paying some serious dollars into health care, now they are poorer than before and their employer just axed as many positions as possible.
nice plan while being congratulated as the peoples gov.
I know they have never considered lowering the taxation that’s just crazy talk.

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 6:35 PM

Cool, so now the GED hopeful will make more per hour than me as a certified lead pharm tech. Can I have my $100 hour wage now, Cuomo? Crap, I’m a white male, never mind.

Xanatos90 on January 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

2000 hrs x 15.00= 30,000 per yr with matching employer contributions
on payroll taxes, nice little increase for the coffers!
probably puts them over the level for welfare and they can start
paying some serious dollars into health care, now they are poorer than before and their employer just axed as many positions as possible.
nice plan while being congratulated as the peoples gov.
I know they have never considered lowering the taxation that’s just crazy talk.

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 6:35 PM

That reason got exposed here by accident in Kentucky the other day. Louisville and Lexington both increased their minimum wages this year. The MSM was just slobbering all over the place about how people can now work with dignity and earn a living wage, blah, etc.

Someone let the real cat out of the bag by running an article about how much more in taxes both the Cities and the County would be pulling in each year. It was $71 million extra for the first year in Lexington alone, and over $100 million in three years when the full rate increase goes into effect.

Fun fact #23: It isn’t about people earning a living wage, it is about how much more the local/State/Federal Government will pull in by increasing the minimum wage with increased taxes across the board.

Johnnyreb on January 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Johnnyrebon January 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

and these people will be poorer or just as poor when they lose their jobs to automation and the prices of everything they need goes up.

CoffeeLover on January 5, 2016 at 6:47 PM

That reason got exposed here by accident in Kentucky the other day. Louisville and Lexington both increased their minimum wages this year. The MSM was just slobbering all over the place about how people can now work with dignity and earn a living wage, blah, etc.

Someone let the real cat out of the bag by running an article about how much more in taxes both the Cities and the County would be pulling in each year. It was $71 million extra for the first year in Lexington alone, and over $100 million in three years when the full rate increase goes into effect.

Fun fact #23: It isn’t about people earning a living wage, it is about how much more the local/State/Federal Government will pull in by increasing the minimum wage with increased taxes across the board.

Johnnyreb on January 5, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Makes sense until you get to the part where one of every three employees gets laid off to pay for the pay increases and then taxes to the govt. go back down.

hopeful on January 5, 2016 at 7:02 PM

Being a NY employer for over 40 yrs and yes slightly bitter. I say

Release the Kracken Trump

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:05 PM

taxes never go back down bud they get re-arranged.

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:08 PM

“This is an issue of values and principles and conscience, and somewhere along the way, we’ve lost that equation in this country,” Cuomo declared

When a bakery in Oregon had an issue of values and principles and conscience, they were smacked with a huge $135K fine.

Issues for me, but not for thee!

Marcola on January 5, 2016 at 7:09 PM

Remember how all the government employees used to take lower paying jobs throughout their careers so they could have better job security and a cushy government retirement plan?

That lower paying government job has been thrown out the window and, along with the better job security and cushy retirement plan, a lot of places (e.g. NY and Cali) are becoming more like a modern day feudal system.

Ruckus_Tom on January 5, 2016 at 7:10 PM

How about $15 an hour for newly arrived Muslim rapists. “Wanted for rape” takes on an entirely new context.

MaiDee on January 5, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Exactly.. they have built such a rube Goldberg system…now all it needs is more and more funding,

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:15 PM

response to ruckus

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:16 PM

This is likely to impact how many employees exactly? These are lifetime jobs with great benefits. In the state of NY it is hard to believe the impact is significant. The good news is these people will want to stay in NY, thus not infesting the rest of the country with their presence.

Carnac on January 5, 2016 at 7:17 PM

“I have a stylus and a tablet.” – Gov. Cuomo

locomotivebreath1901 on January 5, 2016 at 7:18 PM

not infesting the rest of the country with their presence.

Carnac on January 5, 2016 at 7:17 PM

your kidding yourself…

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Doesn’t this sort of work against the mantra that you need a college education for a good-paying job?

“Yo, I went to SUNY for four years for a gender studies degree… now I work in the SUNY maintenance department because it’s the best-paying job I could find!”

Marcola on January 5, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Marcola in your future you will work your a$$ off to find a 15.00 an hr job to pay off your liberal education. learn a productive trade.
and make some money.. at least you can keep the lights on without the gov help. or go into politics, free money.

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:36 PM

i have to go be productive now … later..

MrMoe on January 5, 2016 at 7:40 PM

Whoever said its illegal to buy votes? Ha !
.
(We don’t need no stinkin citizens united…….)

FlaMurph on January 5, 2016 at 8:59 PM

So the tuition rates when do they go up?

woodhull on January 5, 2016 at 9:24 PM

The panderdome welcomes politicians of all parties…

darkpixel on January 5, 2016 at 11:03 PM

PREDICTION:

To every NY MSM’s surprise, only a tiny portion of the newly-$15/hr jobs will be full-time. Most of the newly-$15/hr jobs will be eliminated by “budget problems,” and the remainder will find that only 10-20 hr/week part-time jobs (designed to be well below Obamacare, pension, sick leave, vacation eligibility, and unemployment tax thresholds) are available…and those will go to the governor’s “favored few”!

landlines on January 6, 2016 at 12:28 AM

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples’ money.
Margaret Thatcher

faol on January 6, 2016 at 8:40 AM

Since these Northeastern States have lost about half of their electoral college votes since the 1950s due to high-tax, anti-business laws, I expect NY State to once again gain no seats or lose seats in the 2020 census. California used to always gain seats until it became a left-wing one-party state and it gained no seats in the 2010 census.

timoric on January 6, 2016 at 8:41 AM

There is an easy way to solve this $15/hr wage issue: set every state employee’s wage to $15/hr, especially governor Cuomo and all of his staff. It would all be over in 15 minutes.

PGI_FL on January 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM

There is an easy way to solve this $15/hr wage issue: set every state employee’s wage to $15/hr, especially governor Cuomo and all of his staff. It would all be over in 15 minutes.

PGI_FL on January 6, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Yeah, the progressives love to spout the praises of ‘income equality’ and ‘wealth redistribution’, as long as it doesn’t apply to seeing their own wealth evaporate in an instant.

s1im on January 6, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Doing this for fast food workers is one thing, doing it for tax payer funded workers is quite another. While McDonalds can use automated ordering and cut workers, the government just keeps growing, so we pay more and more for their incompetence. Talk about Robbing Peter to pay Paul.

topperj on January 6, 2016 at 2:54 PM

What will the Emperors do when all the entitled kids at Stony Brook, Buffalo or Albany start protesting over increased tuition? Offer to pay their tuition increase, I presume. Maybe if he sells the guns that he confiscates to metal scrappers he can balance the state budgets.

DrewVT6 on January 6, 2016 at 6:42 PM