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Fung Vetoes Cranston Council Minimum Wage Ordinance

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Calling it an ``election year stunt,’’ Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has vetoed a City Council ordinance that would establish a $12.50 per hour minimum...

  Calling it an ``election year stunt,’’ Cranston Mayor Allan Fung has vetoed a City Council ordinance that would establish a $12.50 per hour minimum wage for city employees.

``I cannot burden the taxpayers with what amounts to nothing more than a poorly thought out election year stunt,’’ said Fung in a news release.  ``The proposed ordinance does not have a proper cost-benefit analysis, has no data to support the arbitrary selection of $12, $12.50 or the originally proposed $15.’’

The minimum wage ordinance was approved by a 5 to 4 vote of the council. It takes a two-thirds council vote to overturn the Republican mayor’s veto. Some city workers are paid as little as $9 per hour.

Fung’s veto message was submitted to the council Wednesday afternoon.

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung