Labor, Education & Pensions Legislative Alerts
By: Nicole Kaeding According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the official economic arbiter in the United States, the recession ended three years ago in June 2009. Most Americans would disagree. They see signs of a weak economy all round—from record-high unemployment rate, pain at the gas pump and concerns about making ends [...]
Do you think that interior designers should need a license to decorate your home safely? Three states and the District of Columbia do. What about professional shampooers to avoid the hazards of soap suds? Five states have such licensing requirements, and the same absurd constraints often apply to other “dangerous” jobs like florists, home entertainment installers, auctioneers, and hairbraiders.
The “welfare-to-work” program has been extremely successful in helping many low-income Americans pull themselves out of poverty. This legislation ensures that neither the President nor unelected bureaucrats have the authority to unilaterally waive the requirements in the 1996 welfare reform law as they see fit.
“On the personal level the student, the parent, and the caring teacher all perceive that a basic promise is not being kept. More and more, young people emerge from high school ready neither for college nor for work. This predicament becomes more acute as the knowledge base continues its rapid expansion, the number of traditional jobs shrinks, and new jobs demand greater sophistication and preparation.”
Scott Walker’s recent victory in Wisconsin is strong evidence that Americans do not want our governments to be held hostage by labor unions. Unfortunately, Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-13) and 33 other Republicans in Congress are still under the impression that inefficient union labor contracts for public projects are somehow in the best interest of American taxpayers. Recently, they voted to add an amendment to a spending package in the House that will benefit large unions at the expense of everyone else.