corporate personhood

Of minimum wages and corporate personhood

Ah, it's spring in Tompkins County and can the May Day rallies be far behind?  

In today's Ithaca Journal, a little story about the Tompkins County Legislature voting on issues that are above their pay grade on, of course, May Day:

With the Tompkins County Legislature voting on resolutions to endorse a higher state minimum wage and end corporate personhood Tuesday, the Tompkins County Workers' Center is preparing to rally in support of the two measures, while the county Republican Party is calling endorsing a higher minimum wage hypocritical.
The minimum wage resolution supports state minimum wage increasing from $7.25 to at least $8.50 or ideally $12.78 an hour. County representatives are scheduled to consider the resolutions at a special meeting of the Capital and Personnel Committee at 4:45 p.m. and then the full Legislature will take it up at 5:30 at the Tompkins County Courthouse, 320 N. Tioga St...
...The county GOP issued a statement Sunday saying the county Legislature should leave the issue for state legislators and calling the higher wage an unfunded mandate causing increased costs and prices. "It is hypocritical to complain only about those unfunded mandates that directly affect the Tompkins County Legislature but not those that impact the private sector," Tompkins County Republican Chairman James Drader said. "Ultimately it is the same taxpayer/purchaser who pays for unfunded mandates, whether these mandates are on government or businesses."
For more actual, you know, data on the effects of a minimum wage increase in NYS, see Raising the Minimum Wage in New York: The Poverty Impact of A. 9148.  To whet your appetitie:
...The data show that a majority of the employees affected by an $8.50 minimum wage in New York are either living with family or have a spouse that also works. As a result, the family income of a typical beneficiary of an increase in New York’s minimum wage is far higher than the $15,080 full-time, year-round income figure cited by policymakers and advocates.
The average family income of an employee affected by the proposed wage increase is above $53,000 a year. Even the median income of a beneficiary is $37,033 per year—more than double the $15k family income figure that advocates rely on....
Read on, Macduff.  Sound like an unfunded mandate that doesn't even do what it claims to do anyway?
And as for ending corporate personhood, see this post at Middle Class Dad on Politics, Marriage, Low-Carb Diets and a 1967 Firebird:
...Under this amendment, if I were to gather a group of my friends to advocate a position and we incorporate so we can claim non-for-profit status, we could be limited on what we could say by the government....
And that's only one of many issues with the idea that those evil, nasty, greedy corporations need to be muted.  
In the end, though, it boils down to free speech for me but not for thee. Progressives just hate it when they don't have enough rational arguments marshalled to win a debate, so their solution to that sticky wicket is to silence the other side.
And then, of course, there's the issue of the Tompkins County Legislature spending taxpayer money, in effect, as well as time on topics like the state minimum wage and an amendment to the US Constitution that are well outside their bailiwick.
Must be there are no county issues to deal with.
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