Friday, May 6, 2011
Well at least it was fun while it lasted. The tax-free joyride electric and hybrid-electric vehicle owners have been enjoying while cruising the highways and byways of America may soon be a thing of the past.
A handful of states and the U.S. Government may look at "vehicle miles traveled" (VMT) standards and other fees for plug-in vehicles to make up for the tax revenue not collected via gasoline taxes.
While electric vehicle advocates say it is too early to tax the emergent EV industry, VMT supporters say consumers pumping gasoline into their vehicles shouldn't have to shoulder all of the tax burden for road and highway repair and maintenance. Read More
Thursday, May 5, 2011
A New Law Prohibiting the intentional exclusion of unemployed individuals in advertisements for job vacancies was signed by Governor Chris Christie.
The law, (A3359) which went into effect immediately, prohibits employers from “knowingly or purposefully” publishing, in print or on the Internet, an advertisement for any job vacancy in New Jersey that contains: 1) any provision stating or suggesting that the qualifications for a job include current employment; 2) any provision stating or suggesting that the employer will not consider or review an application for employment submitted by any job applicant currently unemployed; or 3) any provision stating or suggesting that the employer will only consider or review applications for employment submitted by job applicants who are currently employed.
The law does not apply to advertisements requiring that candidates hold current or valid licenses or certifications or hold a current job with that employer. Penalties include $1,000 for a first violation and will increase with subsequent violations. More
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Hidden Bailout of Unions and Big Corporations in ObamaCare
The discovery came on the eve of an oversight hearing focused on the workings the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIO), which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Section 1102 of the Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), which created something called the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. The legislation called for the program to spend a total of $5 billion, beginning in June 2010, shortly after Obamacare was passed.
The idea was to subsidize unions, states, and companies that had made unsustainable commitments to provide health insurance for workers who retired between the ages of 55 and 64. UAW has received $206 million while AT&T got $140 million. State public unions also got the bailout with the public retirement systems in Texas and Ohio getting tens of millions of dollars. Read More