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.
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.”
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.”
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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