CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — Calling it an election time stunt, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung is hoping to put the kibosh on an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour.
Fung Wednesday submitted his veto message to the City Clerk in an effort to stop the ordinance city council passed last week.
“I cannot in good conscience burden the taxpayers with what amounts to nothing more than a poorly thought out election time stunt. This proposed ordinance does not have a proper cost benefit analysis, has no data to support the arbitrary selection of $12.00, $12.50 or the originally proposed $15.00 amount. In essence it is careless fiscal policy that undermines the already established pay scales and replaces them with arbitrary pay scales that do not make any sense.” said Mayor Fung.
The ordinance passed by a vote of 5 to 4 and, according to The Providence Journal, would have increased the hourly minimum wage in two phases, first to $12 on July 1 of this year and then to $12.50 on July 1, 2017.
The bill’s sponsor, Councilman Steven Stycos, called it “pathetic” that some Cranston employees are paid $10.10 per hour.
Now that the mayor has vetoed the ordinance, it will go back to the city council, where it would require a two-thirds approval in order to be enacted.