Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Living Wage Study Heats Up Debate Among Bronx Politicos UPDATE
Bronx News Network reports that the City's Economic Development Corporation released the results of its study on the impact of a living wage bill, and it findings are that it would potentially kill tens of thousands of jobs and stifle commerical development. Of course, a number of politicians, including Bronx Council members Oliver Koppell and Anabel Palma who sponsored the bill at the behest of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., panned those findings and called the process rigged. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has not taken a formal stance on the issue, but the Gotham Gazette reports that Councilman Koppell has stated that he is willing to consider using a rare motion to discharge the bill and bring it to the floor should Quinn not support the bill. UPDATE: Here is a recent Daily News article by Dan Beekman tracking the progress of this proposal.