What a, uh, surprise: Here’s how NYC’s minimum wage increase that kicked in 3 weeks ago is ‘helping’ workers

Shocker

In New York City on the first of this month, the Big Apple’s new minimum wage law kicked in that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and others are trying to take to the national level:

How’s that going for workers in NYC? From CBS News (via Legal Insurrection):

The legal minimum wage for New York City employers with 11 or more workers rose more than 15 percent on Dec. 31, 2018, to $15 per hour from $13, giving fast-food, retail and other employees a bump in pay. But some New York City restaurant owners say the latest minimum wage hike is forcing them to cut workers’ hours just to stay afloat.

It’s the third rise in the city’s base wage since Dec. 31, 2016, when it went to $11 an hour. The latest increase is part of a plan that phases in minimum wage hikes across New York state, with amounts and effective dates varying by region and industry. It’s not just a New York phenomenon, however: Minimum wages rose in 20 states with the new year, forcing businesses across the country to grapple with higher payrolls — and compete for workers with giants like Amazon that are already offering $15 an hour.

Jon Bloostein operates six New York City restaurants that employ between 50 and 110 people each. The owner of Heartland Brewery and Houston Hall, Bloostein said the effect of the higher minimum wage on payroll across locations represents “an immense cost” to his business.

“We lost control of our largest controllable expense,” he told CBS MoneyWatch. “So in order to live with that and stay in business, we’re cutting hours.”
[…]
A New York City Hospitality Alliance survey of 574 restaurants showed that 75 percent of full-service restaurants reported plans to reduce employee hours this year in response to the latest mandated wage increase. Another 47 percent said they would eliminate jobs in 2019. Eighty-seven percent of respondents also said they would increase menu prices this year.

Also, hosts and hostesses are being replaced by signs:

Bloostein said he has scaled back on employee hours and no longer uses hosts and hostesses during lunch on light traffic days. Customers instead are greeted with a sign that reads, “Kindly select a table.” He also staggers employees’ start times. “These fewer hours add up to a lot of money in restaurants,” he said.

As if anybody needed more proof that if progressives are allowed to “help” workers much longer, nobody will have a job.

Not a cult: Mueller action figures now available for Resistance to play with while waiting for Trump to be removed from office

Seriously?

The Left’s rabid need to fulfill some primal need to avoid merely admitting Hillary was a crap candidate just went up a notch:

Or as the more committed members of the anti-Trump Resistance might refer to it: A sex toy.

McJournalism! Trump’s fast food buffet for Clemson players had the Washington Post trying to make Burger-Gate a thing

Pulitzer!

President Trump had the national champion Clemson Tigers football team to the White House yesterday, and because of the shutdown he had to improvise out of his own pocket:

The Washington Post’s journalistic instincts kicked in quickly:

I smell a Pulitzer in the air!

Oh, and then the paper that once brought down a presidency crunched Trump’s original count on the number of burgers in the hopes of making “Burger-Gate” a new thing:

Leave it to “journalists” to do more investigating when a president spends his own money on something as opposed to everybody else’s.

Hopefully next an intrepid journalist does an investigation into exactly what a “berder” is. That whole WaPo “investigation” comes across as an audition for a job at CNN.

Also, I don’t want to brag, but I called it. Here’s proof:

The shot:

And the chasers:

Excuse me, but I’ll be spending the rest of the day thinking about the liberal media reactions to Trump’s burger-fest and doing this:

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel gets suspended, blames NRA, then whines about ‘false narratives’

Absolutely shameless

The new governor of Florida has suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel for what boils down to general incompetence in the wake of the Parkland school shooting and other things:

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, who faced criticism over his department’s response to the deadly Parkland, Florida, school shooting last year, was officially suspended by new Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday.

“Sheriff Israel has repeatedly failed and has demonstrated a pattern of poor leadership,” DeSantis said in a statement.

“He failed to protect Floridians and visitors during the tragic Fort Lauderdale International Airport shooting in 2017. He failed in his duties to keep our families and children safe during the devastating shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb.14, 2018,” the statement read. “These incidents demonstrate Sheriff Israel’s repeated incompetence and neglect of duty. The families of the victims deserve accountability. It is my job as governor to ensure that the safety of our local communities, especially the safety of our children, is paramount. Government officials must be held accountable for their actions, and/or inactions.

Israel, true to form, immediately shifted the blame to the NRA:

From my perspective, that shamelessness only totally confirms that Gov. DeSantis made the right decision.

Then, in the irony of all ironies, Israel whined about “false narratives”:

“There was no wrongdoing on my part. I served the county honorably,” he said. “False narratives,” Israel claimed, are continuing “but not in a court of law. In a court of law, only the facts matter.”

Oh, there are false narratives here, but they’re coming from Israel’s side of the debate.

Israel doesn’t need to worry, because CNN or MSNBC will probably hire him as an analyst within a couple days.

(h/t Twitchy)

Marx on the Hudson: Super-progressive politician perfectly sums up the socialist/communist mindset

Way to go, Comrade

I’ll say this for socialists like Bill de Blasio: There’s no need to read between the lines, because they just come right out and say it, as the NYC mayor did during his State of the City address yesterday:

And just guess who this commie thinks has the RIGHT hands! They’re so predictable.

In the title I called de Blasio “Marx on the Hudson,” but that might even be an insult to Karl.

De Blasio really got his hammer & sickle on during his speech, which included this:

Why doesn’t the dude just move to a commie country that already practices what he preaches?