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Study Says Prevailing-Wage Repeal Would Cost States More in Food Stamps

June 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Madison, WI - Repealing its prevailing-wage law would cost Wisconsin more money in public assistance and lost revenues than the state would save on construction contracts, a study released June 19 by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute says.

Ohio Judge Voids State Ban of Local Minimum-Wage Hikes

June 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Columbus, OH - A county judge here on June 2 voided the state law that prohibits local governments from setting their own minimum wage. Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye held that the measure, enacted in a lame-duck session last December, violated the Ohio Constitution's rule that bills can only be about one subject.

Illinois Senate Sends $15 Minimum Wage to Rauner

June 7, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield, IL - The Illinois Senate passed a bill May 31 that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2022, beginning with a raise to $9 on Jan. 1.

Bill for National $15 Minimum Wage Introduced

June 4, 2017  
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington, DC - A coalition of Democratic and independent Congressmembers introduced a bill May 25 that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 by 2024.

Illinois House Votes for $15 Minimum Wage

June 3, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Springfield IL - The Illinois House voted 61-53 May 30 to pass a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 in 2022.

House Republicans Vote to End Mandatory Overtime Pay

May 8, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Washington,DC - The House voted May 2 to pass a bill that would let private-sector employees take “compensatory time” off instead of getting time-and-a-half pay for working overtime.

Trump Security Reimbursement To NYC

May 7, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  The national bipartisan budget agreement includes funding to cover the cost New York City has incurred securing Trump Tower.

Property Tax Relief for Seniors and Disabled

May 3, 2017 
By Neal Tepel

New York, NY -  New York State legislation, sponsored by State Senator Diane Savino (S4628) and Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh (A7463) would expand property tax exemptions for senior citizens and disabled New Yorkers.

Boardroom Accountability with NYC Pension Funds

April 25, 2017  
By Stephanie West

New York, NY - New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and the New York City Pension Funds  have negotiated meaningful proxy access bylaws with 50 companies, bringing the total number that have embraced this reform to more than 400 in just three years.

Illinois Legislature Considers $15 Minimum

April 24, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Peoria, IL - With a bill to raise the Illinois minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $15 now on the state House floor, the measure’s sponsors are touring the state to drum up support.

Midwest ‘Right to Work’ States Have Lower Wages Than Neighbors

April 20, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

La Grange, IL - Wages are lower in the three industrial-Midwest states that have banned the union shop than they are in the three that haven’t, according to a study by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute released Apr. 3.

New Mexico Governor Vetoes Minimum-Wage Increases

April 16, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Santa Fe, NM - Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed two bills that would have raised the state’s minimum wage for the first time since 2009 on Apr. 6, saying they would hurt small businesses.

NYC Comptroller Report: Trump  Attacks  Consumer Protections

April 15, 2017 
By Stephanie West

New York, NY —  New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer has issued a report outlining how the efforts of the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress to undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will harm consumers across New York City.

Proper Tax Reporting for Labor Unions, Part Four, Shop Steward Dues

April 14, 2017 
By Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PFS, CFP, CFE, CGMA

This is the fourth in a series on proper tax reporting for labor unions. As we reach the tax deadline this month, labor unions should be aware of all circumstances in which they may make common errors in tax reporting. This article focuses on Shop Steward dues.

Maine Legislators Plot to Roll Back Minimum-Wage Increases

April 12, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel

Augusta, ME - Last November, Maine voters approved a ballot initiative that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020—but the state legislature is now considering nine bills that would block much of that increase.

Closing The Wage Gap

April 11, 2017 
By Public Advocate Letitia James

New York, NY - On Wednesday April 5, 2017, the City Council passed my groundbreaking legislation to help close the wage gap in New York City.

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