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                                                                                           *****                           THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.                                                                          Tuesday, June 5, 2012 | A21

                                Study Questions Impact of Wage Law                                                            BY TED MANN                          “Wouldn’t it be better to use            In New York City, elected offi-      comparing union and nonunion
                                 All in a Day’s Work                                                                             A new study examining the
                                                                                                                                                                   those resources to pay more
                                                                                                                                                                   workers, to cut the unemploy-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         cials are expected to expand the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         use of prevailing wages in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 workers and ignoring the bene-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fits they say trade unions offer,
                                 Divergence among average wage rates and those calculated under                               effect of prevailing-wage laws,      ment rate and to stimulate the        broader sphere of public proj-          including better-trained workers
                                 prevailing wage for New York City                                                            which set a minimum salary for       economy? I want the whole             ects, over the objections of            and managers and more experi-
                                                                                                                              construction workers on public       thing to be rethought.”                                                       enced work crews who will pre-
                                 $50                                                                         Hourly           projects, concludes that they           The report drew sharp con-                                                 sumably make fewer mistakes.
                                                                                                                              drive up the cost of taxpayer-       demnation from other research-        New research on                            The report is “just laughable,”
                                  40                                                                         BLS mean*        funded projects in New York          ers and labor unions, who                                                     said James Parrott, deputy di-
                                                                                                                              state by as much as 30%.             charged that Ms. Vitullo-Martin’s     prevailing-wage laws                    rector and chief economist for
                                  30                                                                         Federal             The report from Columbia          analysis oversimplified actual la-    stirs controversy over                  the left-leaning Fiscal Policy In-
                                                                                                             prevailing       University’s Center for Urban        bor costs and failed to account                                               stitute, which has published re-
                                                                                                             wage             Real Estate, to be released on       for the value of skilled union la-    public spending.                        ports that laud prevailing-wage
                                  20                                                                                          Tuesday, wades into a thorny de-     bor in completing public-works                                                laws and suggest the statutes
                                                                                                             NYC              bate over the laws, which in New     projects on time.                                                             help government get a better
                                                                                                                              York mandate that trade workers         The study comes as Gov. An-        Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The            bang for its buck.
                                                                                                                              on public projects be paid on par    drew Cuomo has proposed to            mayor has criticized the effort            The study’s side-by-side com-
                                   0                                                                         wages in the
                                                                                                                              with existing labor agreements.      spend $16 billion a year on infra-    as an outmoded attempt by the           parison of prevailing wages and
                                                                                                             New York-           “We’re paying wages that are      structure through his New York        City Council to manage the econ-        average wages in the New York
                                              Plumber         Electrician        Carpenter      Laborer      White Plains-    substantially higher than market     Works program. The use of pre-        omy that would imperil job              region is “such an inadequate
                                                                                                             Wayne, N.J.,
                                                                                                             area             wages,” said Julia Vitullo-Mar-      vailing wages would tack $3 bil-      growth.                                 benchmark,” he said, “that it re-
                                 Source: Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate         The Wall Street Journal
                                                                                                                              tin, visiting senior fellow at the   lion annually onto that plan, the        Critics of the study said Ms.        flects somebody who doesn’t
                                                                                                                              center and the study’s author.       study says.                           Vitullo-Martin erred by simply                     Please turn to page A24

                                Newark Race                                                                                    Devils Melt on Los Angeles Ice
                                Is Dynastic                                                                                                                                                                                                      Casino
                                BY HEATHER HADDON                                  said Brigid Harrison, a professor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BY JACOB GERSHMAN

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A lobbying group controlled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by Genting Bhd. and other gam-
                                                                                   of political science and law at                                                                                                                               bling interests donated $2 mil-
                                    Donald Payne Jr., and Ron C.                   Montclair State University.                                                                                                                                   lion to a powerful committee
                                Rice share much in common.                             House Democratic Leader                                                                                                                                   that backs New York Gov. An-
                                    They are black Democrats on                    Nancy Pelosi endorsed Mr.                                                                                                                                     drew Cuomo at around the same
                                the Newark Municipal Council.                      Payne, but Washington has paid                                                                                                                                time that the governor an-
                                They are named after well-                         little attention to a race that                                                                                                                               nounced he would push to legal-
                                known fathers with deep politi-                    won’t affect control of the                                                                                                                                   ize casinos.
                                cal roots. And they both have                      House.                                                                                                                                                           The New York Gaming Associ-
                                political machines ready to help                       Instead, the race has served                                                                                                                              ation made the donation in early
                                them as they face off for the                      up drama as a battle of local ti-                                                                                                                             December to the Committee to
                                congressional seat left open by                    tans, with the legacies of the                                                                                                                                Save New York, a business and
                                the death of Mr. Payne’s father                    two leading candidates’ families                                                                                                                              trade union group that has spent
                                three months ago.                                  playing a role.                                                                                                                                               $12 million to support Mr.
                                    Tuesday’s Democratic primary                       Before serving in Congress,                                                                                                                               Cuomo’s agenda—more than any
                                for New Jersey’s 10th congres-                     Donald Payne Sr., was on the                                                                                                                                  other lobbying group in the
                                sional district pits against each                  Newark council and the Essex                                                                                                                                  state. Around the same time, the
                                other two of Newark’s most                         County Board of Freeholders. His                                                                                                                              committee began backing a con-
                                prominent political dynasties:                     brother, William, served in the                                                                                                                               stitutional amendment to legal-
                                the Rices versus the Paynes.                       state Assembly for 10 years and                                                                                                                               ize casino gambling.
                                    It also serves as an electoral                 his cousin, Phillip Thigpen, is the                                                                                                                              “It was my understanding
                                test in the struggle between two                   Essex County Democratic chair-                                                                                                                                that [the Committee to Save
                                of the state’s most powerful                       man.                                                                                                                                                          New York was] going to be
                                Democrats: the Essex County po-                        Mr. Rice’s father, Ronald Rice,                                                                                                                           somewhat supportive of the gen-
                                litical chief, Joseph N. DiVin-                    has been a state senator for 26                                                                                                                               eral concept of the expansion of
                                cenzo Jr., and former Gov. Rich-                   years, served on the Newark                                                                                                                                   gaming,” said association presi-
                                ard Codey, a state senator.                        council for 16 years and is a for-                                                                                                             Getty Images   dent James Featherstonhaugh, a
                                    The political organizations                    mer city deputy mayor. A Viet-             SLIPPING AWAY: The Los Angeles Kings’ Trevor Lewis, left, reacts as a goal by Alec Martinez slips past the         veteran state lobbyist. “Other-
                                have been known to turn out                        nam Veteran and former Newark              Devils’ Martin Brodeur in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals on Monday. The Kings won 4-0. A28                       wise, we wouldn’t have done it.”
                                votes for general elections, but it                police officer, the elder Mr. Rice                                                                                                                               On Dec. 4, Mr. Cuomo, a Dem-
                                has been decades since the last                    is known as dogged fighter and                                                                                                                                ocrat, wrote in a newspaper

                                                                                                                              Plan to Reduce Pot Arrests
                                contested primary for the con-                     outsider who introduced his son                                                                                                                               opinion piece that new casinos
                                gressional district that repre-                    to political campaigning as a                                                                                                                                 would be part of his economic
                                sents Newark and many of its                       young boy.                                                                                                                                                    agenda. In January, he an-
                                suburbs.                                               Ron C. Rice, a second-term                                                                                                                                nounced a partnership with
                                     “This is a different animal,”                            Please turn to page A24         BY SEAN GARDINER                     for first-time offenders, while       rests on low-level marijuana            Genting to develop a $4 billion
                                                                                                                                                                   displaying the same amount            charges in 2011, the highest            convention center and casino at
                                                                                                                                  Mayor Michael Bloomberg          publicly can result in an arrest      number since the administration         Aqueduct racetrack in Queens.
                                                                                                                              and New York City law-enforce-       and a misdemeanor charge.             of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.             Throughout December, the
                                                                                                                              ment officials on Monday threw          Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, said           Critics charge that more than        Committee to Save New York ran
                                                                                                                              their support behind Gov. An-        at an Albany news conference          80% of those arrested for the           television ads praising Mr.
                                                                                                                              drew Cuomo’s effort to decrimi-      Monday that the proposal “is          charge of possession of mari-           Cuomo.
                                                                                                                              nalize the possession of small       about creating fairness and con-      juana in the fifth degree have             News of the donation came as
                                                                                                                              amounts of marijuana in public       sistency in our laws since there      been black and Latino, and that         Mr. Cuomo announced Monday
                                                                                                                              view—a move proponents said          is a blatant inconsistency in the     many were tricked into display-         that casino developers would
                                                                                                                              would reduce the number of           way we deal with small amounts        ing their drugs publicly by police      compete to build a gambling hall
                                                                                                                              young minority men arrested.         of marijuana.”                        officers ordering them to empty         in or around New York City, now
                                                                                                                                  Mr. Cuomo’s proposal would          The move comes as the New          their pockets during stops.             that the Genting deal for the Aq-
                                                                                                                              still allow people to be arrested    York Police Department faces             Mr. Bloomberg and his police         ueduct project had collapsed.
                                                                                                                              if they are smoking marijuana in     scrutiny over its street tactics,     commissioner, Raymond Kelly,               A Cuomo administration offi-
                                                                                                                              public but not for simply dis-       including low-level marijuana ar-     said the bill further clarifies an      cial said there was no connec-
                                                                                                                              playing less than 25 grams. Un-      rests and the policy known as         “operational order” the police          tion between the donation to the
    Associated Press

                                                                                                                              der current law, possessing 25       stop-and-frisk in which officers      commissioner issued in Septem-          Committee to Save New York
                                                                                                                              grams or less—about seven-           can stop, question and some-          ber instructing his officers not        and the governor’s support for
                                                                                                                              eighths of an ounce—is a viola-      times search people they reason-      to arrest for small amounts of          casino gambling. The official
                                                                                                                              tion for which police can write a    ably suspect of criminal activity.    marijuana produced at an of-            said Mr. Cuomo hasn’t adopted
                                Donald Payne Jr., left, and Ron C. Rice at a May campaign event                               summons and issue a $100 fine           The NYPD made 50,668 ar-                     Please turn to page A24                 Please turn to page A23

                                                            NEED TO KNOW                                                      ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

                                 66°              Weather                            Inside                                   Tonys Try to Keep Score Between Plays and Musicals
                                 TODAY’S          Real Feel                                                                   BY LAURA HEDLI                       favorite in the Best Musical cate-
                                 HIGH             9 a.m. 58°                       City News............ A23                                                       gory, “Once” was deemed ineligi-
                                                  5 p.m. 60°                                                                     It’s been a strange year for      ble for Best Score because a bulk
                                                                                   Sugary-drinks proposal                     music on Broadway, at least as       of its songs were taken from the
                                                  Record High
                                                  99° in 1925                      gets sour poll results                     far as the Tony Awards are con-      film on which it was based.
                                                                                                                              cerned. At last year’s Tonys            But that’s just the beginning.
                                 CLOUDS,          Sunrise/Sunset                                                              broadcast, when viewers got a        The original songs found in “Spi-
                                 T-STORM          5:25 a.m./8:23 p.m.              Heard & Scene.... A25                      sneak-peek at the biggest musi-      der-Man,” “Ghost,” “Leap of
                                                                                   Celebrating water and                      cal of 2011-12, “Spider-Man:         Faith” and “Lysistrata Jones”
                                                  Wednesday’s High                                                            Turn Off the Dark,” few would        were all passed over in favor mu-
                                                                                   science in Chelsea                         have predicted that Bono and         sic and lyrics from two shows of-
                                                  68°                                                                         the Edge would fail to earn even     ficially categorized as plays: “Pe-
                                                                                   Arts .................... A26              a nomination for their original      ter and the Starcatcher” and
                                                                                                                              score. Fewer still would have        “One Man, Two Guvnors.”
                                 N.Y. Sports Lineup                                Curtain Raisers:                           guessed that a small-scale musi-        With ever more movie adapta-
                                                   7:05 p.m. Tuesday
                                                                                   ‘HappyFlowerNail’                          cal, “Once,” would be the one to     tions, jukebox favorites and mu-
                                                                                                                              wow Broadway and garner more         sician biographies in theaters,
                                                   Rays @ Yankees                  At New Black Fest                          Tony nominations than any            the Broadway community is
                                                                                                                              other show.                          grappling with the emergence of
                                                                                   Sports ................. A27                  With its quiet disposition and    a sort of hybrid production: Not
                                                                                                                              elemental sets, “Once” couldn’t      quite a play, not quite a musical,
                                                  7:05 p.m. Tuesday                Jason Gay on the Mets
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Associated Press

                                                                                                                              be much further from the pomp        but a play with songs. (Consider
                                                  Mets @ Nationals                                                            and volume of “Spider-Man.” But      “End of the Rainbow”: Tracie
                                                                                                                              it does share one attribute: It      Bennett, playing a haggard and
                                                                                     Follow the news all                      also was denied a Tony nomina-       drug-addicted Judy Garland at
                                 For more New York sports
                                 coverage, see A27, A28                              day at                        tion this year for Best Original     the end of her career, sings just     ‘One Man, Two Guvnors,’ with Suzie Toase and James Corden, is
                                                                                                                              Score. Despite its status as the                Please turn to page A26    nominated for Best Original Score despite its status as a play.

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