Oh those scary words Reagan spoke of. We are from the government……………..
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to protect “gig economy” workers, yet the workers themselves are dreading his help.
In his State of the State Address, Cuomo blasted gig companies that he says “exclude” workers from “fair pay and benefits.” His solution, in effect: Exclude them from the gig economy altogether.
That’s not much of an exaggeration: Cuomo seems to want to copy California, which forced many more independent contractors to be classified as employees under a 2019 law known as AB5, which has already cost hundreds of Left Coast freelancers their jobs.
And make no mistake: By “gig” workers, Cuomo doesn’t just mean Uber drivers. “A newspaper carrier is not an independent contractor because they ride their own bicycle,” he huffed. “A domestic worker is not an independent contractor because she brings her own broom and mop.”
Cuomo aide Richard Azzopardi argues that “employers should not avoid employee protections” by classifying workers as independent contractors.
Yet the gov would ignore the fact that workers often prefer the independent relationship, since it offers greater flexibility and requires less commitment.
The central planners and the “good intentions” ruin everything they touch. They always know a “better way” even if they have no knowledge of what they are trying to “fix”. But, they simply cannot stand for power to be in the hands of the common folks. Everyone must be a cookie-cutter creature, never an individual. And, no matter how many times these fools fail, no mater how many times they screw up perfectly good things, they still persist.