We at UnitedNY are urging the State Legislature to let high-cost areas around the state lift fast food, airport, car wash and other low-wage workers out of poverty and into the middle class through local wage authorization.
For anyone with an interest in politics or government, the unfolding saga of Bridgegate is mesmerizing. What has escaped any real analysis is the question of what the New York-New Jersey Port Authority actually does and how it affects real people every day.
Nationally more than one in three airport workers lives in poverty and relies on public assistance to make ends meet. Outsourcing of baggage porter jobs more than tripled between 2002 and 2012, while wages dropped by 45 percent.
The strange case of Governor Chris Christie and the George Washington Bridge may reveal just how far the mighty have fallen. I don't mean the governor and his political operation. Rather, a lesson in the decline and fall of one of the nation's great builders and managers of critical public assets.