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  •  And as assuredly the liberals and dems left him (3+ / 0-)

    Within 24 hours, he abandoned the WFP in return.

    •  FALSE MEME - this is important (1+ / 0-)
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      Cuomo may or may not renege on the deal with the WFP, deBlasio and the unions, but he did NOT renege on the minimum wage deal yet - he emphasized its limits.

      Here are the facts:
      The deal was for the Gov  to push through a raise in the state minimum wage to $10.10, and to allow localities to raise it up to 30% above that.

      Yesterday Cuomo spoke against authorizing localities to raise the floor w/o limit, which is consistent with the agreement:

      "I would allow localities within a state-prescribed formula to adjust a local wage,” he said. “But not that the locality gets to set rate wherever they want. I’m against that.”

      So he has not yet reneged on the agreement; time will tell. $10.10 statewide and an option of $13.13 for localities would make a big difference to low wage workers - about a 45% increase over current law ($9, not yet in effect).  We'll see if he delivers.

      BTW, the Seattle minimum wage hike, though a great victory for the working poor, raises the minimum to $15 over several years, and has exceptions, so NY won't be that far behind if Cuomo delivers on his promise.  In any case the movement for $15, plus benefits, w/o loopholes - won't demobilize, it will be energized.

      And as evidence accumulates that raising the minimum wage decreases turnover, and increases purchasing power of workers who spend more locally, the case for further increases to a full living wage would be strengthened.

      There's no such thing as a free market!

      by Albanius on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 01:12:38 PM PDT

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      •  That is certainly why (1+ / 0-)
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        NYCC was for the deal.  I know people involved in the fast-food campaign and they were there supporting the deal with Cuomo, even though they almost certainly think he's a complete megalomaniac and jerk.  

        •  EVERYONE I know in WFP agrees (1+ / 0-)
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          he's a complete megalomaniac and jerk.  The difference is on whether he has pushed a pro-1%, anti-99% agenda out of principle or opportunism. If the latter, he may follow through on the deal.

          But politics is politics - you can't always get what you want.  IF he delivers on the deal and uses his clout to put the D's in control of the state Senate, opening the door to all kinds of progressive legislation, the WFP leadership will look good in retrospect.

          There's no such thing as a free market!

          by Albanius on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 02:56:23 PM PDT

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      •  Triangulation (0+ / 0-)

        Every politician who potentially faces a diverse audience needs to find a way to appeal both to his base and to the general public. Romney/McCain failed miserably at it. Cuomo is a governor of a very liberal state that is nevertheless diverse ideologically, even as it has a very weak Republican Party.

        It will be interesting to see a potential Cuomo presidential campaign.

      •  Of course, all that you just said (3+ / 0-)
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        only comes into play if Cuomo is the kind of person that you can take him at his word.

        He's repeatedly proven that that is not the case, so his "clarification" is backtracking in Cuomo-speak.  Anyone who has heard enough Cuomo-speak will instantly recognize it as such.

        He'll purposely put a weak formula out there, and few municipalities will be able to go above $10.10 - by design.

        And that's if he doesn't welch on his deal to get the Senate back in the hands of the Dems, because if he welches on that (and I think he will), he can just use the "I can't get it past the Republicans in the Senate" excuse he's used his entire first term for anything he personally didn't want.

        "There was no such thing as a "wealthy" hunter-gatherer. It is the creation of human society that has allowed the wealthy to become wealthy. As such, they have an obligation to pay a bit more to sustain that society than the not-so-wealthy." - Me

        by Darth Stateworker on Mon Jun 02, 2014 at 03:20:49 PM PDT

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