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Minimum wage, bullying, Obamacare (03/12/2014)
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From: Bruce Montplaisir

It is interesting that the Congressional Budget Office report on minimum wage increases predicts 500,000 low-income jobs would be eliminated, 900,000 families would be lifted out of poverty and 16.5 million low wage workers would have increased income in an average week if implemented. The CBO is projecting what ought to happen, based on economic computer modeling. The consensus among leading economists that increasing the minimum wage would eliminate few if any jobs is based on what has actually been observed to happen when the minimum wage was increased in the past.

Schools already investigate all alleged cases of bullying and even with the best of policies and penalties for perpetrators there will always be instances of bullying occurring. We hold people responsible for having a dangerous animal that hurts other people. Maybe parents should be held responsible for the behavior of their children that hurt other people. There are classes available to help parents learn how to deal with children’s inappropriate behavior without modeling the bullying behavior at home, but some legislators refer to those as Nanny State Programs. Courts mandate people go to classes for other offences; the home environment in which a child grows up is the best place to look to find out what kind of an adult that child will become.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Minnesota started requiring that schools do their financial accounting using the Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting System (UFARS) with computers. Decades later, Minnesota is still updating the UFARS programs so it does not surprise me that the Affordable Care Act and MNsure programs are still, and always will be, in a state of development.

I will not be surprised if some supporters of the ACA cut and run because it is tough to implement and needs adjustments because it was supposed to help control health care costs in low income rural areas which so far ACA has been ineffective in doing. MNsure should have been worked on and tested for three years rather than just being taken up by the legislature during the 2013 legislative session. A recent report indicates 113,000 Minnesotans have enrolled through the MNsure site since October. A needed change in management happened and it will get better.

 

 

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