Saturday, October 12, 2013

City targeted small businesses

From the NY Post:

When the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs found itself facing a budget gap, it didn’t cut expenses — it hired additional inspectors to slap more fines on small businesses, according to documents and officials.

In 2011, DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz hired 14 new inspectors, who doubled agency revenue by doling out more petty fines.

“It will bring in an additional $1.6 million in revenue in the new fiscal year,” Mintz told the City Council at the time.

“These staff additions will enable DCA to focus on undercover inspections of employment agencies and immigrant-service providers, as well as [make] additional focused inspections of tobacco dealers.”

His projections were right on the money.

The number of violations more than doubled from 10,964 in 2010 to 24,176 in 2012.

Most of the fines were lower than those handed out earlier, meaning business owners were paying more frequently for smaller offenses.


Anonymous said...

They need to start fining these Asian businesses in queens here especially the ones in flushing!! I thought the law says that they are suppose to have 50 percent if their signs written in English?! But they do not!! Plus I would fine them for their illegal practices of not hiring other races but their own- if you open a business in america, you should have to cater to all people!! If the shoe was on the other foot-I am sure that the immigrants would be calling racism on the American businesses like they have done before!

Anonymous said...

Don't perpetuate the un-American canard of the mom and pop farm/deli/dega to seclude their sedition. Tocqueville 1848 ii.ii,19 debunks the notion of the hereditary family farm. Milton Friedman J Eco Lit v 30 n 9 p 2129-32 shows success of small business is indeterminate because of survivor bias.

Anonymous said...

Explain yourself more clearly #2, my legalese has left the house! More than doubling the fines is Grand Piracy. These two bit politicians are destroying the American way!

Anonymous said...

Anon No. 2 - Do what Anon No. 3 asks. And this time, say it in English, please.