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$15 Minimum Wage Damages NYC Restaurant Scene

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The $15 minimum wage policy is giving New York City a major dose of economic reality.

New York City restaurants are eliminating jobs, reducing employee hours, and raising prices due to the higher costs of the $15-per-hour minimum wage.

The New York City Hospitality Alliance, a business association that represents restaurants in the city, claims that the restaurant industry in NYC is on the decline.

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According to Andrew Rigie, the executive director of the trade association, “full-service restaurants recorded a 1.6 percent job loss, which is the first recorded annual loss in two decades.”

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The New York City Hospitality Alliance’s revealed that approximately a third of respondents will reduce jobs and raise prices this year due to the $15 minimum wage that the New York state government enacted.

The survey found that 76.5 percent of full-service restaurants which responded ended up reducing employee hours, and 36 percent got rid of jobs.

Additionally, 75 percent of limited-service restaurants stated that they plan on reducing employee hours, and 53 percent will eliminate employment opportunities in 2019 due to the government-imposed wage policy.

New York’s governing class still believes the $15 minimum wage is the way to go.

Governor Andrew Cuomo, through a spokeswoman, defended New York’s minimum wage law:

All New Yorkers deserve to make a living wage and under the governor’s leadership, more minimum-wage workers than ever before have received an increase in their wages. The fact is that increasing the minimum wage puts more money in the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers, which creates more demand for local businesses and increases economic activity.

The Hospitality Alliance concluded that, “The results of this survey, and other industry trends, signal that a once-growing industry responsible for hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic impact has become stagnant.”

New York’s economic policies have garnered significant criticism from various free market economists during the past few years.

Not only has the state of New York adopted a similar income tax scheme to the federal government, but it has also doubled down with regulations, spending, and other questionable policies like a $15 minimum wage.

William P. Ruger and Jason Sorens’s Freedom in the 50 States rankings provide an unflattering image of New York’s fiscal policies:

New York’s local tax burden is twice that of the average state: 8.5 percent of income in FY 2015. This is a dramatic rise from the early 2000s when it was 7 percent.

The state’s tax burden totals “a projected 6.8 percent of income in FY 2017”. Additionally, New York’s debt is the highest in the country standing at 31.2 percent of income. Given these factors, New York finds itself ranking last in fiscal freedom according to this report.

On top of that, New York falls in last place for overall regulatory policy rankings. When adding New York’s $15 minimum wage into the mix, the state has an explosive cocktail of government intrusion in the economy.

As a result, citizens are voting with their feet. In the same report, it was noted that in “the calendar year 2015–16 alone, 166,000 more people moved from New York to another state than moved in.”

 

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The White House Walks Back From DACA Deal…. For Now

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Emerald Robinson, the Newsmax White House Correspondent, reported that White House advisor Jared Kushner is holding meetings on a potential DACA amnesty deal.

She tweeted, “BREAKING: sources confirm that White House advisor Jared Kushner has been holding meetings on DACA amnesty deal – with a goal of getting it done before the 2020 election.”

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For many America First activists, Kushner has played a subversive role in the Trump administration by recommending milquetoast policies that maintain the open border status quo and are soft on crime.

Many speculate that Kushner is largely the individual who is advising President Trump to take a soft approach against the looters rampaging across the country.

Now there are reports that the White House is backing away from this DACA deal per a report from Breitbart News.

However, grassroots immigration patriots such as Maria Espinoza, the co-founder of the Remembrance Project, had choice words for this rumored move by Jared Kushner.

She told BLP:

Donald Trump’s promise to The Remembrance Project’s angel moms, dads, and angel families of ‘Stolen Lives’ was to deport illegal aliens and keep American families safe. No family should suffer the killing of their loved one at the hands of an individual who should not have been in our country in the first place.

Any talks taking place should be about keeping us safe so that our families, businesses and communities can thrive.  It’s heartless for Kushner to even hold talks of amnesty.

Espinoza added:

Kushner, an unelected individual, certainly should not negotiate to keep illegal aliens in our country!  Illegals, by the way who have shown no regard for our laws, and have had ample time to become legal continue to snub our law.
A Kushner Amnesty for illegal alien DACA recipients will ensure that millions of Americans will stay home in November, which will quash President Trump’s re-election.

DACA refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a United States immigration policy where some illegal aliens who were brought to the country as children in order to obtain a renewable two-period of deferred action from deportation and receive eligibility for work permits in the U.S.

Back in 2014, President Barack Obama revealed his intention to broaden DACA provisions to cover even more illegal alien immigrants.

This is in contrast to the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. Under the DREAM Act, illegal aliens would be granted temporary conditional residency that includes the right to work if they were brought to the United States as minors. If they meet additional qualifications, they would be able to receive permanent residency.

Although these kinds of proposals are different, they’re all a part of a mass migration agenda designed to undermine the Historic American Nation.

Kushner and his ilk believe that offering reasonable compromises will somehow placate the Left.

In reality, such compromises will only further embolden them, given the fact that the voting patterns of these groups overwhelmingly favor the political Left and its many pet projects such as the destruction of the right to bear arms.

Although the DACA threat may be contained for now, as long as Open Borders Inc and its many factions continue operating, there will always be a looming threat of legal migration expansion, amnesty, or backdoor amnesties.

This is why it’s so important that America First patriots score major victories in all branches of government.

The time to engage in political discourse is over. Now, we must force politicians to go on record via roll call votes. From there, we’ll know who’s America First or America Last.

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