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


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.

In Hillary’s campaign offices, male and female interns are paid the same… in coffee

The wind-up:

And the pitch:

For some reason I’m guessing that if McDonalds paid some of their workers in “coffee,” “views” and a “chance to make history” Hillary’d think that was the most horrible thing an employer ever did.

Dems quickly set disingenuousness record on the Hobby Lobby decision

Can these repugnant bottom-feeders sink lower? Probably:

“If you don’t pay for what I could easily buy for myself you’re making decisions for me!”

It’d be hilarious if about half the country didn’t fall for it.

House GOPers looking for the “lost” Lois Lerner emails might want to check with these guys

Many Lois Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011 are “lost” according to the IRS. They say Lerner’s hard drive was “recycled” and the emails are unrecoverable.

Maybe the House GOP should check with these guys — check out this from October of 2009:

More from Reason:

The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for “automatic data processing services.” Sonasoft’s motto is “email archiving done right,” and the company lists the IRS as a customer.
The extent and exact details of the service that Sonasoft provided to the IRS aren’t clear. But the company advertises its email archiving solution as “ideal for small and medium businesses, government agencies, school districts, nonprofit organizations using Microsoft’s Exchange Server.” And a document posted on its website describing its services says that its system “archives all email content and so reduces the risk of non-compliance with legal, regulatory and other obligations to preserve critical business content.”

In late 2011, Sonasoft’s website still listed the IRS as a customer, meaning the company was (presumably) backing up the IRS’ data the entire time the IRS and Dems insist the Lerner emails are “lost” forever.

The Republicans might want to give Sonasoft a call. Or a subpoena.

The IRS is required by law to archive emails, and if nobody can produce them heads should roll — but accountability isn’t exactly among the major concerns of this administration.

Electric Harley: Good idea or the end of America as we know it?

Let this meeting of the Ed Begley Jr. chapter of the Hell’s Angels come to order:

Rumor has it the ad slogan is going to be “For the man who has had everything… except a beating at Sturgis.”

I’ll take the loud, fossil fuel powered Harleys any day. A good Harley is one that you can hear from a half mile away and is proudly sporting an American flag while being ridden by a guy wearing a shirt that says “if you can read this the bitch fell off.”

Electric Harleys? Having trouble wrapping my head around that one. “Rolling Thunder” just would not be the same if it were called “Rolling Barely Perceptible Buzzing Sound.”

GM has recalled over 13 million vehicles this year in U.S. after taxpayers lost over $11 billion in bailout

The amount of money taxpayers lost on the GM (read: “union”) bailout is more than $11 billion, and look what we continue to get for that “investment”: Another round of recalls:

General Motors has issued four separate, new recalls for more than 2.4 million vehicles in the United States, the automaker announced on Tuesday.

The cars include 2009-2014 model years of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia, and 2004-2008 model years of the Chevrolet Malibu. Cadillac Escalades, Chevrolet Silverado pickups and GMC Sierras from the 2015 model year were also among the vehicles involved in the recalls.

GM said that it was issuing the recalls “in a continuing effort to quickly address emerging safety issues.”

The company will also take a $400 million charge in the second quarter, including a previously announced $200 million charge, to cover recall-related repairs over the quarter.

The running total:

GM has now in a year recalled more cars than they’ve sold in the U.S. in the last five years.

Obama speaking about the GM bailout last year: “Today, that bet has paid off.”

I’m sure did pay off for somebody.

Hope & Change: Workers at small business discover how much Obamacare has ‘helped’ them

If a private sector company had a similar product and it had the word “affordable” in the name, Eric Holder would shut it down for deceptive advertising and indict the owners.

Watch how much Obamacare has “helped” these Pennsylvania workers:

A local news station brings viewers inside one Pennsylvania company as the employees their learn about their new health care plans under Obamacare:

I wish they’d have asked how many of those people voted for Obama so I’d know which ones not to feel as sorry for.

Planned Parenthood: The Business of Abortion

Have you ever noticed that the left often believes that corporations exist for profits and profits only, consumer be damned, but that the corporation that is Planned Parenthood is somehow an exception to that?

When it comes to profit motivation, Planned Parenthood makes Bain Capitol and Halliburton look like nunneries:

Planned Parenthood’s condoms were the worst quality? Figures. Why would you buy a condom from an abortion provider? To get a grip on PP’s thinking on this we need only paraphrase from the Joe Dirt School of Business: “And when the condom breaks and she gets pregnant, she comes back to you for the abortion — you win twice, brother, IT’S GOOD BIZ!”

And yet PP pretends they’re not motivated by profits, don’t make money providing abortions and don’t target minority communities. How fast would Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton organize protests if a Tea Partier opened a clinic in a black neighborhood and put out a sign that said “get rid of your unwanted baby here”? And yet somehow PP gets away with it. Why is that?

(h/t Kristina Hernandez)

Related: A Senate panel just OK’d leftist wacko law prof Cornelia Pillard, who is Obama’s pick to serve on an appeals court. Pillard makes Ruth Bader Ginsburg look like Antonin Scalia, having once said abortion is a necessity in order to “free women from historically routine conscription into maternity.”

Somewhat related: Don’t read this unless you have a hankie on hand.

Supersized Stupid: McDonalds Workers Strike for ‘Living Wage’


So what if your Big Mac costs $12, the unions want in!

Beginning a day of protests that organizers say will spread to 50 cities and 1,000 stores across the country, a crowd of chanting workers gathered Thursday morning at a McDonald’s in midtown Manhattan to call for higher wages and the chance to join a union.

About 500 people, including workers, activists, religious leaders, news crews and local politicians, gathered outside the McDonald’s on Fifth Avenue. The protesters chanted “Si Se Puede” (“Yes, We Can”) and “Hey, hey, ho, ho $7.25 has got to go,” holding signs saying “On Strike: Can’t Survive on $7.25,” referring to the federal minimum wage.

Nobody ever told these pinheads that making French fries isn’t really supposed to be a lifetime career option? There are a bunch of people who have a really rude awakening in store.

This is really all about unions wanting to get their porky snouts deeper into the fast food biz, because they’re losing membership everywhere else. But that’s what they do these days — bleed an industry dry and then move on to cripple another.

Update: “I’m libbin’ it” — new striking fast food worker mottos.

Update II: