Obama, allies push minimum wage hike

June 17, 2014 

Obama, allies push minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and its congressional allies are stepping up their push for congressional action on a higher minimum wage.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez teamed with Rep. George Miller, the top Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee, for a lunchtime visit with kitchen workers at a local restaurant to step up their plea for Congress to enact President Barack Obama's legislation to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.

The increase has been a top second-term political priority for the president and his allies in Congress, but it is stalled in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Neal reappointed to Regional Planning Council

TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott has reappointed of John Neal, a Bradenton developer, to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, Region 8.

Neal, 39, of Bradenton, is the president of Neal Land Ventures Inc. He is reappointed for a term beginning Monday and ending Oct. 1, 2016.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Hospitality Leadership Award presented

MANATEE -- The faculty of the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership recently presented the 2013-2014 Hospitality Leadership Award to two local supporters.

Burton M. "Skip" Sack, a local businessman and restaurant investor, and Elliott Falcione, executive director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, were honored with the leadership award.

The award is presented to individuals who have shown particular dedication to the interests of the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Hospitality & Technology Leadership through their contributions to the hotel and restaurant industries.

Winners have acted as role models or mentors, enabling others to succeed and advance in the hospitality field.

The first Hospitality Leadership Award in 2012-2013 went to John McKibbon, chairman of the McKibbon Hotel Group.

Judge: JC Penney interfered with Macy's

NEW YORK -- A New York State Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of Macy's claim that J.C. Penney interfered with a merchandising contract with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. when it cut a deal in 2011 under its previous CEO to create a home goods collection.

But the judge, Jeffrey Oing, said Macy's failed to prove that Penney was liable for punitive damages since he says the actions weren't "malicious" or "immoral." Macy's is still entitled to attorney's fees and some monetary damages from Penney.

-- Herald wire and staff reports

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