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Deblasio gives workers 10% raise – increases borrowing to pay

[preamble]What more can we say! Raise borrowing, raise taxes, supposed savings on yet “undetermined savings” meaning no savings. Speed bumps? Failure upon failure upon failure – my god!!!!
No mention about job creation[backtopost]
Andrew J. Hawkins
May 8, 2014 1:48 p.m.
Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled his $73.9 billion budget plan Thursday, including a projected 10% raise for the city’s workforce over the next seven years and an 8% decrease in small-business fines.

Mr. de Blasio described his budget as both progressive and “fiscally prudent,” a stance that he said would allow his administration to spend on programs that serve his liberal agenda of more affordable housing and expanded prekindergarten, among other programs.

“This is a cautious document on purpose,” Mr. de Blasio said at the end of his hour-long budget presentation at City Hall, adding that his budget takes “a careful stance to protect against future disruptions,” such as another economic downturn.

But one major business group intimated that the spending plan is more aggressive than cautious.

“The executive budget lays out aggressive commitments to housing, education and labor contracts that will require maintaining economic growth at an annual rate of at least 3%,” said Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. “This can be achieved, but it will require close cooperation between City Hall and the business community.”

The budget also contains more details about the contract agreement the city reached with the United Federation of Teachers last week, as well as how much the administration estimates it will cost to settle the remaining labor contracts. The mayor expects to take on $13.4 billion in new costs from labor contracts, but expects to offset all but $5.5 billion of that through health care savings and other measures.

The savings will be achieved in several ways: $3.4 billion will come from as-of-yet undetermined health care cost-cutting that Mr. de Blasio says is “guaranteed” to happen, $1 billion from a health “stabilization fund” that is controlled jointly by the Municipal Labor Council and City Hall, and $3.5 billion from a “labor reserve” fund.

In a statement, Harry Nespoli, president of the Municipal Labor Council, an umbrella group of city unions, said Mr. de Blasio’s budget will “provide a sound financial basis for the city to move forward.”

Mr. de Blasio promised a big reduction in fines handed out to restaurants and other small businesses, projecting an 8% decrease in the expected revenue to $789 million in fiscal year 2015, from $859 million in fiscal 2012. The reduction will help “stabilize” small businesses and allow them to create more jobs, the mayor said.

There was also significant funding allocated to Mr. de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” traffic safety plan. The mayor is proposing to spend $28.8 million on speed humps, red-light cameras and intersection redesigns.

The city will increase its borrowing to help pay for Mr. de Blasio’s plan to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. The four-year capital plan for the years 2014-2018 totals $48.9 billion. (The city will present a 10-year capital plan next January.)

Now that he’s released his budget, Mr. de Blasio will enter into negotiations with the City Council. Several items sought by the council, such as hiring an additional 1,000 police officers and waiving school lunch fees for all students, were not included in the mayor’s budget, setting the stage for negotiations with the council. The mayor said he supports the idea of free lunch but adopting such a policy would result in a substantial loss of federal funding.

A spending plan for the year beginning July 1 must be adopted by the end of June.

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito largely praised the budget plan, but criticized it for lacking transparency.

“We are disappointed to see that while the executive budget addresses skyrocketing overtime costs for the NYPD, it does not include funding to hire the additional 1,000 police officers needed to reduce understaffing at city precincts and provide support for Vision Zero,” she said in a statement.

Mr. de Blasio answered a question about transparency by noting that he is still negotiating the budget with the City Council.

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False Global warming claims allows administration to control more

Scientifically unproven – false claims and another crisis! More energy control – the inevitable creep of socialism

CNN today
Flooded rail lines, bigger and more frequent droughts, and a rash of wildfires are predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday.

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the National Climate Assessment says, adding that the evidence of man-made climate change “continues to strengthen” and that “impacts are increasing across the country.”

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Deblasio – the socialist

1. housing initiative – denser taller buildings – like China and Russia – the end of “Greater” New York – turning neighborhoods into compact dense poor housing – like the New York at the turn of the century – tenements – but again – socialists like these ideas. NO sustainability or actual job creation – ONLY if you are a union member which Deblasio sucks ass to.

The main thrust will be a policy of mandatory inclusionary zoning, which would require developers to include affordable units in new buildings in return for zoning changes to allow for taller buildings and greater density. The previous administration relied on a voluntary system to encourage affordable developments. Mr. de Blasio said those tactics had not produced as much below-market rate housing as needed.

– lets not forget that the same people living in the same building will be paying $1000 and $200 (exaggeration but true) – why would I pay $1000 for an apartment when I know someone else in the same building in the same apartment is paying $200? If you read the news lately you will also see that these low income people NOW want to sue these buildings because they are denied access to the buildings exclusive amenities – its discrimination! Well I call it “you cant afford it”

2. Freeze rents – another blow to “owners” – we now collect less rent and are more indebt to people who product nothing – similar to the medical industry the government is destroying. More pain less gain

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign plan to freeze rents for nearly a million rent-stabilized tenants got a strong boost Monday, despite city price data showing significant increases in landlord costs.

In an 8-1 preliminary vote, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board approved a range of possible rent increases—including an option of no gain at…

3. Union loving Deblasio – yes, unions like hospitals are the most expensive entity to do business with – YET our socialistic Mayer cow-tows to them. The “crisis” we hear about health care and jobs and the costs of living – all mean we the people suffer more while our elected officials do nothing to fix the problem – marginalize unions and hospitals – make them accountable and watch how much we save.

4. LICH/SUNY – because the Mayor and his union cronies want a piece of the pie – they will knock down any viable option that will actually work unless they get their filed way – why not just have the mayor and unions run the place – watch how it fails again

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Hoping to Fend Off Suits, G.M. Is to Return to Bankruptcy Court

[preamble]We gave them billions and YET they still fail! – I guess they need more FREE money
Another Obama failure[backtopost]

By HILARY STOUT and BILL VLASICMAY 1, 2014
An unusual meeting took place this week at a law office high in a Times Square skyscraper. Lawyers from about 100 law firms participated, either in person or by phone. The agenda: solidifying a strategy for taking on General Motors in bankruptcy court.

Bankruptcy court was supposed to be a fading memory for the giant automaker. But on Friday, less than five months after declaring the era of “Government Motors” over and done with, the new G.M., which just completed its 17th consecutive profitable quarter, will be back before Judge Robert E. Gerber in the Federal Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York, girding for a new fight.

On the surface, G.M. is merely asking the judge to enforce a provision of its July 10, 2009, bankruptcy reorganization that insulated the “new” company from lawsuits stemming from accidents that occurred before that date.

But the reason for the request is far from routine. The company is trying to shut down a rising tide of class-action lawsuits stemming from its recall of 2.6 million cars because of a dangerously defective ignition switch that it now links to 13 deaths.

Asking a judge to enforce part of a restructuring happens in many bankruptcy cases. But in this situation, some bankruptcy experts say, it may be a risky move. Objections have poured into the court from plaintiffs in cases around the country, alleging that the company committed fraud during the bankruptcy proceedings five years ago by not disclosing the potential liabilities from the faulty switch, a problem it now admits was known in parts of the company for more than a decade before the recall.

“I think it’s a gamble from G.M.’s perspective,” said David A. Skeel, a bankruptcy specialist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and the author of “Debt’s Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America.” “If I were the judge, I would not give them a carte blanche and say this litigation has got to stop. I suspect the response will be more nuanced than that.”

In fact, he and others say, the otherwise routine motion could potentially end up leading to a mini-trial of sorts, on whether or not fraud was committed. If that happens, Mr. Skeel said: “In a way, it’s we’re redoing the bankruptcy. It’s quite possible this trial could be a larger event than the real bankruptcy.”

If allegations of fraud become a focus, the proceedings could go a long way toward answering a question that two congressional investigations, countless news reports and other inquiries have not been able to ascertain so far — how high up in the company did the knowledge of the switch defect go? G.M. has largely declined to make employees available for questioning and has continually cited its own internal investigation.

The two lead lawyers representing G.M. in its motion to enforce the bankruptcy order did not return phone calls. But outside lawyers say the company may still have the upper hand. There is a generally accepted feeling that judges do not like to tamper with sales or restructuring plans and that the greater economic good of this one — which has been credited not only with saving the company, but also preventing the American economy from sinking deeper into recession — may be paramount.

Whatever the outcome for G.M. and the plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against it, the result could have wider implications for American business.

“This may be an important case for teaching us how bankruptcy sales can relieve a company of its past mistakes,” said Richard Levin, head of the restructuring practice at Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Some lawyers note that whatever Judge Gerber decides is likely to be appealed by the losing side and could possibly end up in the Supreme Court.

The bankruptcy court proceeding on Friday is a procedural conference — “No substantive matters will be decided at the conference, nor will evidence be taken,” wrote Judge Gerber in an order — but it sets the starting point of a process that could be lengthy and perilous.

In a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission last week, G.M. said it was aware of 59 putative class-action suits filed on behalf of owners of cars with the defective switch, seeking compensation for economic losses, including diminution in value of the vehicles.

Lawyers for the myriad cases this week selected three among them to take the lead role before the judge on Friday and possibly beyond — Edward S. Weisfelner, head of the corporate bankruptcy and restructuring practice group at Brown Rudnick, who organized the large meeting in New York this week; Sander L. Esserman of Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman and Plifka in Dallas; and Elihu Inselbuch of Caplin and Drysdale in New York.

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Patients Fear Mt. Sinai Will Drop Low-Cost Insurance Plans

[preamble]Thank you Obama[backtopost]

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLISMAY 1, 2014
For four months, Yitzchok Shuster felt secure in the knowledge that he had signed up for a health insurance plan on New York’s Affordable Care Act exchange, and that he was still able to see his longtime doctor, who was employed by the Mount Sinai Health System.

After his insurance took effect in January, he visited the doctor, Gary Lerner, at his Forest Hills, Queens, office three or four times with minor ailments. Then at his last visit, three weeks ago, Mr. Shuster was warned that the practice was planning to drop his plan, Empire BlueCross BlueShield Pathway.

“The girl at the front desk, a real sweetheart, she told me, Yitzchok, I really don’t want to burst your bubble because we told you that they would be taking your plan,” Mr. Shuster, 52, said Thursday. “But we have it from on high that in a month or two, they’re not going to be.”

A Mount Sinai cancer patient, who asked to be identified only as Beth because she was afraid her doctors would resent her if they knew she was complaining, said she visited her Manhattan doctor, Stacy Suden, on March 24 without incident. But said she was told on Tuesday that Dr. Suden was no longer taking her insurance, MetroPlus.

Beth and Mr. Shuster appear to be among a number of people whose low-cost insurance plans are being dropped by Mount Sinai doctors. Patients said the changes were especially upsetting because the open enrollment period for insurance has passed, and federal law does not allow them to switch plans as a way of keeping their doctors.

It was not clear on Thursday whether the changes were limited to a few doctors or part of a movement by a major institution to squeeze out low-paying plans under the Affordable Care Act or force higher reimbursement rates. Since its merger with the Continuum chain last year, Mount Sinai has become New York City’s biggest private hospital system, giving it considerable clout with insurance companies.

Mount Sinai ordered the doctors not to talk to the press, according to receptionists at both offices, and messages left for the doctors were not answered. Sid Dinsay, a spokesman for Mount Sinai, confirmed that Dr. Suden had dropped MetroPlus, and said Dr. Lerner was still in Empire’s network but “may elect to change.”

Mr. Dinsay did not respond to questions about whether the doctors had been told by Mount Sinai to drop the plans or whether similar decisions had been made across the system.

The state Health Department said that it could not stop doctors from dropping plans, but that New York State law requires insurance companies to allow doctors who have dropped plans to permit patients to continue receiving treatment for up to 90 days.

Despite that law, Beth said Dr. Suden, her primary care doctor at Beth Israel, part of the Sinai system, had turned her away. She called MetroPlus, whose agents, she said, first advised her to go to the emergency room and then sent her to an internist in Chinatown who did not speak English very well and told her she might have a new cancer.

“The whole point of having an internist is that she is your internist for more than one month,” Beth said. “This is a person with medical concerns who can’t afford to be without insurance. Just somebody who speaks English would be a good start. Maybe somebody who speaks English and is good.”

Mr. Shuster said he was told that the decision to drop his plan would affect about a dozen patients in the group his doctor belongs to, Mount Sinai Medical Associates.
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Mr. Shuster, a rabbi, lawyer and small claims court arbitrator, said he was so outraged he went to Mount Sinai administrators seeking an explanation. He said Dr. Arthur Klein, president of the Mount Sinai Health Network, told him that dropping his plan was part of an effort to force the insurance companies to negotiate higher reimbursement rates.

“ ‘Rabbi Shuster, you have to understand we have a right to ensure that our employees at Mount Sinai get a decent wage,’ ” Mr. Shuster recalled Dr. Klein saying to him. “Then he told me, ‘We weren’t in favor of Obamacare to begin with.’ ”

Dr. Klein did not return a call for comment.

Mr. Shuster said Dr. Lerner told him that he would continue treating him at no charge, but Mr. Shuster said he does not like the idea of accepting charity when he has insurance. “He’s been a real mensch,” Mr. Shuster said. “But I don’t see it from the hospital’s point of view. It’s a multibillion-dollar business. I think Mount Sinai has a moral obligation not to drop any plans until the next enrollment period.”

Officials at MetroPlus and Empire said they had not yet received word of cancellations, but that doctors are required to give 60 to 90 days’ notice before dropping a plan.

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Deblasio Sucks Up To Unions

The only CRISIS in the healthcare system is our politicians sucking up to the UNIONS!

Fears have grown among community stakeholders who want to preserve the hospital and the unions that employ staff there that if that shutdown occurs, the facility may never reopen as a full service medical center. In the past two days both Mayor Bill zolpidem online, 1199 SEIU and NYSNA, that employ the bulk of the hospital staff there, have withdrawn support for the group.

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US Economy Flatlined first Quarter of 2014

It’s an achievement to not have job growth for 5 year. Its hard for Americans to NOT make money.
Bravo Obama! Even after billions in stimulus money pissed away!!
We lost over 3 Billion bailing out GM – meaning GM received a 3 Billion FREE loan from US! FREE MONEY no chance of paying it back. Try that with your bank mortgage!

What is the cause according to our president? Bush & Global warming!

The real reason is an administration that has raised taxes and is invasively intrusive in regulations!

Deblasio today:
1. Raises the mansion tax to pay for low income housing
2. Adds .30 cents for taxi cabs to pay for wheelchair accessibility
3. Gives failing teachers union 3 years back pay
4. Hides when found sneaking around with political donors
5. Give FREE lunch to the tune of $34 million a year to everyone!
6. Free After day care

So now we give free breakfast, free lunch, Free school, free after hours day care – gee what’s next FREE parenting?
Parents only need to sleep with their children!
One of the mottos of socialism is to break the family bonds – I let you decide.

JOBs in NY?
we are giving tax breaks for certain companies – what about us? the businesses that have been here for years employing people? What do we get for staying despite insane taxes and regulations? NOTHING!
we don’t matter

THIS FOLLY NEVER SEEMS TO END!

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Lets blame business for poverty

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David Bacon act, Prevailing wages – European failures
Unskilled workers receiving high level payment – no incentive
The aspirations of a hamburger flipper to BE a hamburger flipper – why change if the government give you a great salary
Be the LEAST you can be In America – that’s our new motto.
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‘Living wage’ inflation

$10? $11.50? $15? New York City pay mandates are a growth industry.

A state bill introduced last week to force large retail and food businesses to pay workers $15 an hour would add to New York’s growing patchwork of wage laws, and could draw national scrutiny if it gains traction.

The existing laws, along with their seemingly interchangeable names—minimum wage, “living” wage, “fair” wage, prevailing wage—apply to different businesses depending on their circumstances.

Last year’s increase of the state minimum wage to $9 in 2016 opened the door for liberal activists to inflate pay beyond the state minimum (and above the $10.10 President Barack Obama has proposed nationally). Earlier this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to persuade Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow him to raise the city’s minimum wage to $11 an hour, but the governor shot him down.

The mayor is also pushing to expand the city’s living-wage law, which requires firms that receive $1 million in taxpayer subsidies to pay their workers $10 an hour with benefits—or $11.50 without. Prevailing wages must already be paid to skilled laborers on public-works projects. (For bricklayers, for example, it is $46.44 an hour.)

The legislation introduced last week by a small band of Democratic state lawmakers is also being called a living wage—a “real living wage” or “fair wage,” as activists dubbed it—but it would apply to chain stores with annual revenue in excess of $50 million or with 10 or more stores nationwide, as well as transportation businesses. The $15 floor would be indexed to inflation.

The bill is aligned with a national campaign to beef up pay for low-wage fast-food employees, car-wash attendants and airport workers. (Earlier this year, the Port Authority directed airport contractors to phase in a $10.10-per-hour wage floor.) Supporters say there is evidence that shows workers at big-box stores and fast-food businesses earn so little that they must rely on food stamps and other welfare programs.

“The concept that in 2014 in New York state, you could be working full time for a large, successful corporation and be living in poverty—it’s beyond insulting,” said state Sen. Liz Krueger, a co-sponsor of the legislation.

 

Hourly wage
U.S. minimum wage $7.25
State minimum wage $8
State minimum wage, 2016 $9
New York City “living” wage $10
Barack Obama’s proposal for U.S. minimum wage $10.10
Bill de Blasio’s proposal for city’s minimum wage $11
State Dems’ “fair” wage $15
New York City prevailing wage $35.90 for asbestos handlers,
$44.39 for mosaic mechanics

 

Hitting franchisees

Wal-Mart and McDonald’s were the two corporations cited most frequently by the bill’s supporters, but national chains Jiffy Lube, H&R Block, UPS and a variety of hotels, automotive shops and gyms would also be affected. Other cities have passed similar measures, including SeaTac, a Seattle suburb where voters approved a measure to raise wages for hotel and transportation workers near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to $15 an hour.

“Politicians are looking for short cuts to solving income inequality,” said Kathryn Wylde, president of the Partnership for New York City. “The unfortunate reality is that there are no quick fixes, and some of the proposals will simply make the problem worse, benefiting a few at the expense of many others.”

The law’s real-world application complicates the debate. Though it targets McDonald’s, franchisees would be the ones on the hook for paying $15 wages. Matt Haller, vice president of the 50-year-old International Franchise Association, said that franchisees, many of them small business owners, would struggle to meet that requirement.

Advocates argue that franchise owners could rework their contracts with their parent corporations to help account for the payroll increase. But Mr. Haller said that could run afoul of a number of laws, as well as the 10- to 20-year contracts between corporations and their franchisees. “You can’t change a franchise agreement once it’s been agreed to,” he said.

But Barry Saltzman, a labor attorney at Pitta & Giblin, called that a straw argument. “The franchisor and the franchisee negotiate, and they can reach agreements,” Mr. Saltzman said. “When push comes to shove, these are the kind of companies that can bear the cost and are not likely to abandon the New York market, which is kind of lucrative.”

The bill is unlikely to go anywhere in the Senate, which is controlled by a coalition of Republicans and independent Democrats. Last year’s minimum-wage hike was approved only after stretching out the increase over three years and exempting certain sectors.

But Mr. Cuomo, who is hoping to win re-election by historic margins, is under pressure from the left after passing a budget that cut taxes for corporations. And if the rival Democratic factions in the Senate get back together, the wage bill could pass.

Both Mr. Cuomo and Senate co-leader Jeff Klein are reviewing the bill, according to their spokesmen.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron, a bill co-sponsor, claimed the living-wage legislation would most benefit suburban communities represented by Republican lawmakers, where many of the state’s big-box stores and chain restaurants are located.

“I can’t imagine why Senate Republicans wouldn’t want their constituents, who are working hard to support their families, to be unable to do so,” Mr. Squadron said.

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Our failing nation

Been a while since last thought. So lets see where we are today

1. Federal government exercises military might against citizens in Arizona and calls them “domestic terrorists” – scary enough – once Americans are generically labeled terrorists our rights become disabled – patriotic act. Whilst the rancher In Arizona may not have had the law on his side, he has the right to protest peacefully – for the federal government to go in armed with snipers is simple too dangerous for a FREE country

2. DeBlazio of NY – you know the socialistic communist, wants to tax, tax and more tax on the rich – income equality – equality for all – no need for achievement – lets be like CUBA or CHINA where we are all the same.

3. Obama – what can we say! He exercised more military might against that Arizona Rancher than Against Putin – its great to see that both whites and blacks can be crappy presidents – equality for all at the highest levels.

4. Al Sharpton – hangin with his boyz in Washington – need more be said?

5. Health care – massive deductible’s, high premiums – loss of the single physician to BIG hospitals where the cost of care is massive – Another Obama mishap

6. $15 wages for McDonald and Walmart workers because NOW these companies cost the government money as their employees have to be on welfare because of the minimum wage they pay – again using these false terms opens the door for regulation.

7. and it seems we all are racists if we don’t agree with the president – once this term is used, all meaningful discussion ends.

8. NYC wishes to keep itself afloat by fining its citizens to death

WHEN THIS FOLLY ENDS………………..

 

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America’s new regime – the big/small lie!

“In the primitive simplicity of their minds [the broad masses of a nation] more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” This is called the Big Lie Technique.

4 out of 5 people signing up for Obama care are receiving government monetary help
we now have legislation requiring the new regime to provide sign up numbers and it passed the house!
we have no proof anyone signed up as insurance companies do not have the information.