On An inside look at new Rock Haven
It is rather offensive when you ask, "just who are these people?" as though they were some sort of space invaders or other undesirables. In the first place, you could have asked the administrator about the typical resident. In the second place, these are not the people who have money. These are persons (many of whom worked hard all of their lives) who ended up on medical assistance because their money ran out. Where would you have "these people" go? Private homes won't take them without the private bucks, and these folks are in such ill health that they cannot be cared for in their own home, or they wouldn't be in a nursing home. I assure you it almost killed my mother trying to care for my father at home, until after his last fall she simply came right out and told him and the social workers that he just could not come home anymore because she could not care for him, and neither could I. If there hadn't been Rock Haven, there would have been nowhere for him to go. I am not for a nanny state by any stretch of the imagination, but the most vulnerable of our population (children and the elderly and infirm) deserve care and dignity and protection.
On Menards mini-storage units are a no-go
So, explain access-challenged? Do you mean moving vans will have difficulty getting in and out and block traffic, or just what?
On Will internet tax pay off?
bucky, frogger, there are some occasions when you physically buy something in IL (for instance) and pay your home state (WI for instance) tax, such as vehicles...they are already catching it on those kinds of big dollar purchases. Not sure how many items are purchased online for 25-50K like an average vehicle...
On Committee to consider double dipping changes
"We can not add to the length of service time nor make additional contributions while drawing a pension. All things that could never be done before...." it sounds to me like a waste of legislative time that could be better spent elsewhere, resolving actual problems in this state. It is not the job of government to create jobs for people or to determine who is most deserving of a job. It is the job of government to get the necessary work done in the best possible way (competent employees, adequate technology, decent raw materials, etc., usually at the good-enough level, not the premium level) with the least possible resources (our tax dollars) with the least negative impact on the people (IE not having to wait forever for certain governmental functions to be performed while we dilly-dally around trying to do the new-hire, affirmative action, blah-blah-blah stuff, if/when we have someone who already knows the job inside and out). Recruiting and training people also takes a lot of money, plus that lag time when the work is not being done efficiently. People should not "plan" to work for the government, nor should they plan to retire from a career-long government position. Greece does that; see where it got them?
Businesses with less than $1 million in online sales would be exempt - how many "small businesses" actually would have to start collecting? I don't think your by-the-way seller on Etsy really has a lot to worry about.
I still don't understand the issue. You either have 1) a retired person collecting pension and retirement health insurance PLUS a regular employee receiving salary and health insurance OR 2) you have a retired person collecting pension, retirement health insurance, and a salary, with NO ONE ELSE receiving the other health insurance benefit, which SAVES money. Granted, the retiree might receive a somewhat higher salary that the regular employee, but would it eclipse the insurance savings? I know the argument about leaving the job for the younger person who needs it, but that should not be the taxpayers' problem. The objective should be getting the best employee to fill the job at the least total cost to the taxpayers, and this would be one way to do it.
On Walker signs work share bill
Keep in mind that if you earn over a certain amount each week, even if working under 40 hours, you will not receive benefits. I don't know what that amount is these days, but I believe it used to be whatever a full week's benefit would be to you (IE if you would have a benefit of $350 a week, and you earn over $350 in a partial week's work, you get no UC check.) So employees who are fairly well paid probably would not get the additional benefit, BUT at least they would have a job AND probably stil have health insurance, although as part-timers they might have to pay more for it. The insurance alone is what a lot of people work for. (At my company, if you work 30 hours or more, you still get benefits, but you pay a higher percentage of the cost of the benefits.)
On When pollen poses problems
Yesterday I bought some new eye drops - formerly a prescription - called Alaway, that you only use 2 x a day. Waiting to see how that works, and if maybe it has to build up in your system because I still had to use Opcon-A last night a few times. I hope they do work because they were NOT cheap, but at least I had a coupon! Part of the reason it is so bad is because spring had a late start and everything is popping out at once instead of gradually. Hopefully the worst will be over in a week or so. PS the rain does not help. People think it's the dry, windy days that should be bad, but really, it's the rain that brings the pollen right back to earth to us.
On National Guard plane makes safe emergency landing
Thankful for the good outcome.
On Milton School Board confident in superintendent pick
If he was such a close third, why DIDN'T they include him the original public forums? Again with the secrecy here...
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