January 14, 2016

By Shaun Marie, on Jan 14, 2016

Chairman Long and I were at the State of the State/Budget presentation yesterday in Albany, NY and as we listened to the Governor speak, we heard the swoosh of money being drained from our wallets.  The NY Post said it well in today's editorial: The Governor's giant cry for attention.  Rob Astorino had this to say about the Governor's proposals.  You can learn how the Governor plans to spend $145.3 billion of your tax dollars here.  The Empire Center gives us an idea how the budget uses gimmicks to pretend all is well.  The presentation was disheartening when you heard all of the proposed government spending (and the call for more) , and then you were told that the minimum wage must be increased to $15 an hour and business would be required to provide 12 weeks of employee funded paid leave for family care.  (And we though Mayor de Blasio's 6 weeks paid leave was an unfair mandate on businesses. Their feud is likely to force the closing of many businesses unable to afford their mandates to prove how progressive they are.)  Since both are drawn to Cuba, are they trying to emulate Cuba's government with the lack of free market standards?

Michael Goodwin opines on Bill de Blasio's vision for the City...read it and weep for the city that never sleeps.

President Obama's State of the Union address was not very inspiring for those of us who understand and appreciate America's role in today's world.  The Daily Signal fact checks the President's address here. (President Obama, unlike Governor Cuomo, did not change the tradition of addressing Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber.  That is the only positive thing I can think of to say about the President's speech.) 

Hillary's emails, Hillary's Foundation,  Hillary's Benghazi.  Hillary's Bubba.

Walter E. Williams -- Minimum Wage Dishonesty.

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