NYC sues itself over legality of 2 new wage laws

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's mayor has gone to court in an attempt to block implementation of two new laws that effectively raise the minimum wage for workers on many city-funded projects.

The City Council passed a pair of laws in June mandating a wage of at least $10 per hour for workers at companies getting $1 million or more in city funding. Mayor Michael Bloomberg refused to sign the measure, saying it will hurt the city's business climate. But his veto was overturned.

Now, he is suing the council to get the wage hike stopped. In a lawsuit filed Friday, the city's legal department argued that only the state is empowered to set a minimum wage. It also argued that in passing the wage hike, the City Council had improperly sought to limit the mayor's powers. The state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.

A council spokeswoman, Zoe Tobin, said lawmakers are confident the challenge will be shot down.

"These laws were passed over the mayor's veto with overwhelming support in the council, and it is disappointing that the mayor has chosen to challenge these laws rather than enforce them," she said.

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