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NEWS and OPINIONS by BILL STANLEY

Higher Minimum Wage ... Fewer Hours Worked / Less Monthly Pay Or Loss Of Job

(28 June 2017) In 2014, Seattle passed a minimum-wage law that increases gradually to $15 per hour in 2018. Starting in 2016, the minimum was $10.50 to $13, depending on business size, benefits and tips. The law has increased wages by 3%, but monthly pay decreased by $125 because of reductions in hours. The law also caused a loss of 5,000 jobs. (Sources: Univ. of Washington, 26 June 2017 National Bureau of Economic Research)

If You Love $15 Per Hour, You Will Love Fewer Employees

(22 June 2017) McDonald's announced it will have digital ordering kiosks in 2,500 U.S. restaurants by the end of this year. (Source: 20 June 2017 CNBC)

Illinois Has Lowest Credit Rating ... $130 Billion Unfunded Pension Obligations

(22 June 2017) Democrats have had the majority of seats in both the Illinois House and Senate starting in 2003. Moody's Investors Services downgraded the Illinois credit rating to the lowest of any state. The state currently has $130 billion in unfunded pension obligations. (Sources: Wikipedia, 20 June 2017 Fox News)

Another Chunk Of Obama Care Just Crumbled

(22 June 2017) Anthem, the second-largest health insurer, announced it plans to pull out of Obama Care individual plans sold through government exchanges in Indiana and Wisconsin next year. (Source: 21 June 2017 Fox News)

UN Health Spends More On Travel Than On AIDS, Hepatitis, TB And Malaria Combined

(19 June 2017) The UN's World Health Organization (WHO) spends $200 million a year on travel ... first-class airfare, private helicopter excursions, and stays at luxury hotels that cost more than $1,000 a night ... more than it spends fighting AIDS, hepatitis, tuberculosis and malaria combined. The U.S. provides 25% of WHO funding ... more than any other country. (Sources: Associated Press, 13 June 2017 Citizens Against Government Waste)

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents Don't Receive Food Stamps When Required To Work

(8 June 2017) Clinton's 1996 welfare reform bill included a provision for able-bodied adults without dependents receiving food stamp (SNAP) to get a job. Obama's 2009 stimulus bill allowed states to ignore the work provision, causing the number of able-bodied adults without dependents on food stamps to more than double … from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010. In 2013, Alabama waived the work requirement. The requirement was reinstated for 54 Alabama counties in 2016 and the 13 remaining counties in 2017. Food stamp participation among able-bodied adults without dependents fell by 85% in those 13 counties in the first 4 months of 2017. (Sources: 2012 Congressional Research Service, 6 June 2017, Independent Journal Review)

Obama Care Disaster Continues To Get Worse

(8 June 2017) This year, Anthem is the only insurer to sell Obama Care individual plans in all 88 Ohio counties. Next year, it will not sell any plans in Ohio through the government exchange, leaving 18 Ohio counties with no insurers selling Obama Care individual plans through the government exchange. (Source: 6 June 2017 CNBC)

Liberals Must Love Higher Premiums ... Do Not Want Obama Care Repealed

(24 May 2017) There are 39 states that use the Obama Care exchange for individual policies. From 2013 to 2017, the average monthly premiums increased from $224 to $476. The average at least doubled in 20 states and at least tripled in 3 states. (Sources: Dept. Of Health and Human Services, 23 May 2017 FOX News)

How To Bankrupt California

(24 May 2017) California’s current total annual general-fund budget is less than $200 billion. SB 562 would impose a single-payer health care system costing taxpayers $400 billion per year, including administrative costs. All medical care for every resident, including illegal aliens, would be covered with no premiums, co-payments or deductibles. The bill does not include any method to pay for the cost. (Source: 22 May 2017 LA Times)

Big Difference Between Obama And Trump

(21 May 2017) ICE has arrested more than 41,000 individuals who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally. This reflects an increase of 37.6% over the same period in 2016. Nearly 75% of those arrested during this period in 2017 were convicted criminals. (Sources: Dept. of Homeland Security, 18 May 2017 FOX News)

Dysfunctional Immigration System

(18 May 2017) In 2016, 39% of illegal aliens who were free pending trial failed to show up for their hearings. (Source: 17 May 2017 FOX News)

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