Less than one year after raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, businesses in New York City may soon have to shell-out approximately $1.6 billion annually to comply with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s newest paid vacation proposal.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan is meant as a quality-of-life measure for the hundreds of thousands of workers who aren’t guaranteed paid time off. But companies say the cost of it would land on them, forcing reductions in work hours or even layoffs,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“The weight of all these burdens falls on small businesses,” Kathryn Wylde, president of the nonprofit Partnership told the Examiner. “Very often, small business owners don’t take vacations themselves because they can’t afford to, so it’s just grossly unfair.”
De Blasio’s office believes the new proposal would impact half a million workers throughout the Big Apple.
According to the plan, a small business with 10 employees earning $20 an hour would cost the company over $16,000 annually to comply with the guidelines.
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
DE BLASIO 2020? NYC Mayor Travels to NH, ‘Contemplating’ Run for the White House
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his plans to travel to the early primary state of New Hampshire in the coming days; sparking new speculation the liberal leader is contemplating a potential run for the White House in 2020.
“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is making moves toward a possible run for president, soliciting City Hall staffers with national political experience and preparing to travel to the early primary state of New Hampshire this week,” writes Politico.
De Blasio will head to New Hampshire Thursday and will speak with leaders and activist groups through the end of the week.
“He wants to make sure ideas like pre-K for all, paid personal time and mental health are on the table as Democrats debate the party’s vision for the future,” said the mayor’s Communication Director Mike Casca.
Read the full report at Politico.
DE BLASIO DIGS IN: The NYC Mayor Urges Top Dems to Get Behind His Universal Healthcare Program
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged top Democrats across the country to support his renewed push for universal healthcare over the weekend; saying “we need this party to be the party of working people again.”
De Blasio was speaking with CNN when he was asked to comment on his recent ‘NYC CARE’ program; a new government entitlement that “guarantees” comprehensive healthcare to more than 600,000 uninsured New Yorkers.
“This is the kind of thing Democrats should stand for,” said the progressive leader. “If we say to the American people: Our job is to get you health care no matter what, no matter how much money you make, no matter what your situation is, that’s the kind of thing that actually is going to resonate with the American people because so many Americans are struggling . . . to make ends meet. Health care is one of their biggest expenses.”
De Blasio’s ‘NYC CARE’ program is estimated to cost local taxpayers upwards of $100 million per year.
Read the full report at the New York Post.