Posts Tagged Financial Crisis

May
17
2011

NYC Living Wage Debate Boils Over, Into the Streets and before City Council

It's budget season in New York City, when community groups and labor unions usually take to the streets to protest proposed budgets and this year proposals including teacher layoffs and social service cuts was a serious call to action. But marchers also had an added demand: a living wage at subsidized companies.  May 12 was planned as a day of action; it also was the day the New York City Council Committee on Contracts held a public hearing on the proposed “Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act”. The bill would require firms that receive certain economic development subsidies to pay a “Living Wage” of $10.00 an hour or $11.50 an hour if no benefits are provided.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg opposes the bill and the Speaker of the City Council Christine Quinn is undecided but the momentum is building with 30 co-sponsors (out of 51 members). The bill excludes many small businesses and only covers some subsidy programs.

May
17
2011

NYC Living Wage Debate Boils Over, Into the Streets and before City Council

Beyond May 12 CoalitionIt's budget season in New York City, when community groups and labor unions usually take to the streets to protest proposed budgets and this year proposals including teacher layoffs and social service cuts was a serious call to action.

May
4
2011

New Jersey’s $1 Billion Subsidy Spree

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Mar
4
2011

Colorado Proposal Would “STIF” Taxpayers

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