Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Cuomo’s Fishy Fast Food Wage Board

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth

t would come as no surprise if the government of an economically failing country took desperate measures such as a wage control board primarily to reward political friends and punish political enemies.

While Venezuela and Russia might be candidates for such a country, we Americans need look no further than New York to find our home-grown politically corrupt Wage Board. Governor Cuomo, who has never faced a serious election, has engaged in the unserious business of bypassing the state legislature to do what few others in America can do—single handedly set wages. The Wage Board will hold a public hearing in Buffalo on June 5.

No matter that wages are already on an upward path in New York State. In March 2013 Governor Cuomo signed a bill passed by the state legislature that raised the minimum wage to $8.00 in 2014, $8.75 in 2015, and $9.00 at the end of 2015. These wage increases are not enough for him.

Governor Cuomo is of course a modest man and intends to use his seemingly unlimited powers modestly.  Thus the New York State Department of Labor has announced that only fast food establishments will be subject to the extraordinary powers of the Wage Board.

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