Saturday, January 08, 2005

Don't fire the janitor

Jay Tea at Wizbang writes about a new law being proposed in Massachusetts. Per the Boston Globe:

State lawmakers unveiled legislation yesterday that would require companies that change hands to keep janitors from the building's existing cleaning company for 90 days, instead of immediately bringing in a new custodial crew.

Jay Tea does a fine job explaining how dumb this proposed law is.

He also expresses surprise that janitors in Massachusetts make $11.80/hour. They make so much because they are unionized (a fact mentioned by the article).

I should point out that the title of my post is a misnomer. This law doesn't prohibit the janitor from being fired, but rather prohibits the janitor's employer from being fired. This makes me wonder if this proposed law is truly about janitors, or if maybe it's really being pushed by big cleaning companies that are losing business to smaller less expensive competitors? And if perhaps the competitors are non-unionized?

Massachusetts is a solidly Democratic "blue state" and home to John Kerry. With blue states passing so many laws hostile to free enterprise, it's only a matter of time before the blue states become the nation's poor states.

4 comments:

Micah said...

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Danny Taggart said...

Massachusetts may vote liberal in national politics, but it is somewhat conservative within its own borders. This is evident from various statewide referenda and the fact that the last four governors were Republican. It's a contradiction I haven't been able to figure out despite having lived there for 16 years.

"Taxachusetts" actually has the 15th lowest tax burden of the states in this country. It also ranks 4th in per capita personal income. It's a high-tech, highly educated state, so I don't think it's in danger of becoming poor.

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