Death by "living wage" (NY Post)

Friday’s New York Post contains an editorial and an opinion about how New York’s labor-controlled legislators still chase away jobs–even with the state so close to bankruptcy.

The New York Post’s editorial:

Andrew’s sad symbol
Posted: November 12, 2010
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is a member of Cuomo’s economic-development advisory team. That would be the same Ruben Diaz Jr. who a) presides over a borough with a 13 percent-plus jobless unemployment rate, and b) torched 2,200 jobs at the proposed Kingsbridge Armory shopping plaza in 2009, just because retail-union bosses told him to. (See Adam Brodsky’s column on the opposite page.)

“The notion that any job is better than no jobs no longer applies [in The Bronx],” he said then. How pitiful.

Yep, the Bronx Borough President whose “living wage” demands killed 2,200 Kingsbridge Armory shopping plaza jobs is on NY Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s economic development advisory team. You can’t make this stuff up.

The editorial opinion (Disclosure: I ran unsuccessfully against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in 2005):

Death by living wage
Local pols look to kill jobs

Posted: 10:19 PM, November 11, 2010
What, exactly, do Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, city Comp troller John Liu, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz and 28 City Council members have against poor, young immigrants and blacks?

Not satisfied that demands for a “living wage” cost The Bronx 2,200 jobs last year, these zealots want to take their job-thwarting efforts citywide. Two bills now in the council would do the trick. Poor, young minorities would suffer most. And Stringer, Liu and Diaz, in particular, are doing everything possible to make sure that happens.

This week, the three moved (unsuccessfully) to squash a city-commissioned study, fearing it might reveal the legislation’s toll, particularly on poor minorities. That came on the heels of a “report” by a union-front group tarring the still-incomplete city study as “biased.”

Obviously, they’re determined to clear a path for the legislation’s passage, perhaps early next year.

Lovely. Let’s have the government dictating wages. That always works.

Great timing: Construction starts this year are on pace to be the lowest citywide since 1994, when data first began to be tracked; unemployment is at 9.3 percent.

Like these legislators care? They have safe jobs with union support.

Mayor Bloomberg would likely veto Diaz’s “Living Wage” bill, and its 28 backers aren’t enough for an override.

But don’t expect cynics like Stringer, Liu and Diaz to stand down.

That’s an old union trick. The union-bought legislators propose free union goodies, and if the mayor or the governor shoot the bills down, the legislators can still say that they “fought the good fight”–which actually was a terrible fight against New York’s citizens. The only trouble is that many of these bills actually get signed into law.

Just a small snapshot of what legislators have been doing to New York for a very long time.