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THE STATE IS A MESS. ALBANY, NYC, AND THE MINIONS

June 11, 2010

Why is Patterson concerned: New York shutdown pending?

Posted by Elray Bokampiter on Friday, June 11, 2010 11:02:49 AM
The state of New York has fallen victim to the Progressive “freebie” society and it has finally caught up to the government. The result is a necessary budget filled with spending cuts and pay freezes. The unions and their supporters do not want to see this happen and a 71-day stalemate on passing this budget has ensued.
 
So the day is fast approaching where either the budget passes or the state government has to be shut down.
 
Government Patterson is very concerned and has said so in this statement.
 
  

“Chaos and anarchy. That’s what New York Gov. David Paterson is warning if he’s forced to shut down the government in a few days. The clowns in the state Legislature, now deadlocked for 71 days on the …”

 
When a sitting Governor is concerned about “chaos, riots and anarchy” you have to at least take the comments a little seriously given the recent trend of the left, particularly the union thug protests that have occurred nationally.
 
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Banning smoking in parks and beaches appears to be such a hot issue that Mayor Bloomberg decided yesterday that it might be best to hand off the issue to his health commissioner. Instead of saying at a press conference whether he supports a ban,…  
  • YEA MR BIG BROTHER BROTHER CONTROL FREAK BLOOMBERG JUST CAN’T GET ENOUG OF SMOKING BANS, SALT BANS, AND GUN CONTROL. NOTHING BETTER TO DO AT CITY HALL EXCEPT FOR WATCHING HIS DOZENS OF CAMERA’S SPYING ON PEOPLE.
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    Rep. Anthony Weiner tried to draw attention to one of his pet peeves on Capitol Hill yesterday, but the pet — a goat — drew blood instead. The New York Democrat scheduled a press conference in a park near his House office with two Angora goats…  

    Rep. Anthony Weiner’s fiancée, Huma Abedin, was not amused by his goat incident.

     ONCE A WEINER, ALWAYS A WEINER.

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    ALBANY — Lawmakers yesterday backed off threats to shut down the government over Gov. Paterson’s proposed budget cuts.

    The about-face by Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. and his fellow Bronx Democrat, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., came after Paterson used a public budget summit to scold the pair for an “irresponsible” vow to vote against emergency spending legislation needed to keep the government running next week.

    “I’m not going to respond to any threats, any thug activity,” Paterson said. “I’m not going to respond to any blackmail in that respect.”

    The ultimatum, which would require unified opposition from Senate Republicans, was widely compared to last year’s coup attempt, during which a power play by Espada and the GOP minority paralyzed the Senate for five weeks.

    The senators object to Paterson’s efforts to pack months of cuts into the must-pass spending bills, such as $385 million in health-care reductions narrowly approved by the Legislature on Monday.

    The developments came as Mayor Bloomberg and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew visited state leaders to protest the severity of education cuts proposed by Paterson and the Democratic-run Senate.

    “The Assembly’s budget is the best for New York City, the Senate’s is somewhat worse than that and the governor’s budget is even worse than that,” Bloomberg said.

    brendan.scott@nypost.com

    AFTER ALL NEW YORK CITY DEMOCRATS OWN THE ASSEMBLY, IT’S NO DOUBT KING BLOOMBERG (WHO WE WISH WOULD GO AWAY) LIKES THEIR VERSION.

    AS FOR THE TEACHERS UNIONS, HAVEN’T YOU SCREWED THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS STATE AND CREATED ENOUGH OF A FISCAL MESS YET ?

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    AND NOW FOR SOME UNBELIEVABLE AUDACITY, UNION WHORE POLITICIANS TRY TO FORCE UNIONIZE PRIVATE SCHOOLS !

    ‘Union wage’ charter twist

    Bill would boost costs

    By CARL CAMPANILE

  • State lawmakers are looking at forcing charter schools to pay union wages — a crippling move that would dramatically boost the cost of charter…  
  • State lawmakers are looking at forcing charter schools to pay union wages — a crippling move that would dramatically boost the cost of charter-construction projects.

    A bill sponsored by Queens Democratic Sen. George Onorato and Assemblyman Rory Lancman clashes with a charter-school law approved last month that boosts the number of charters to 460 from 200 and imposes stricter oversight.

    That law was OK’d to bolster the state’s chances of qualifying for up to $700 million in federal Race to the Top school-reform funding.

    But the powerful, 2 million-member state AFL-CIO opposed raising the charter-school cap without expanding the “prevailing wage” law — requiring union-scale pay substantially above the minimum wage — to cover publicly funded, privately managed charters.

    “Unfortunately, workers who build charter schools lack the same prevailing wage and hourly protections as employees who build other public-work projects,” the lawmakers said in a memo.

    Onorato, chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, passed the bill out of his committee Monday with no opposition. It’s now before the Senate Finance Committee.

    More than half a dozen unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO issued statements in support of the bill.

    “Charter schools receive a significant amount of taxpayer dollars and as such they should be subject to the same rules and regulations as public schools. They should pay a prevailing wage,” said AFL-CIO spokesman Mario Cilento.

    Construction workers on traditional public-schools projects must be paid the prevailing wage.

    Peter Murphy, policy director of the New York Charter Schools Association, cried foul.

    He said that unlike public-school districts, charter managers don’t receive government aid to build their facilities and such a mandate would boost construction costs by up to 33 percent and divert funds from the classroom.

    “This bill should never see the light of day. It would be a gross injustice to impose a prevailing wage when we don’t even get public building funds to begin with, Murphy said.

    “This is really twisting the knife in.”

    A Senate insider insisted that, given that the charter cap was just raised, it’s unlikely a prevailing-wage proposal would be taken up this year.

    carl.campanile@nypost.com

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