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As Promised, Bloomberg Sues Over 'Living Wage' Bill

Mayor sets up legal challenge against guaranteed higher pay for some private sector workers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg filed suit Friday against the City Council to block for some workers employed by companies receiving public funds or leasing space from the city, according to the New York Times.

The move was highly anticipated in the wake of on two separate pieces of legislation aimed at increasing worker pay.

Bloomberg's opposition to the bills centers on two points: first, that only the State Legislature can mandate minimum wages; and second, that the pay guarantees will discourage businesses from hiring more workers.

This month, —on par with figures seen at the height of the most recent recession.

Sponsors of the "Living Wage" and "Prevailing Wage" bills, including Council Speaker Christine Quinn, have argued that pay increases above the state minimum wage of $7.25 are necessary to account for the rising cost of housing, food and transportation in the five boroughs.

What do you think, Patch readers? Is the Mayor right in framing this as a job-killing case of legislative overreach?

Or is the Council right in fighting for more pay for certain private sector workers?

Malkam Dior July 30, 2012 at 03:04 PM
In an election year dominated by socioeconomic themes, it seems logical that raising the federal minimum wage would become a heated campaign issue in the battle for the presidency, so let's see.

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