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VIAW Newswire 07.30.13

Posted on 05 September 2013 by admin

Employer Mandate Delay Will Affect Southern L.A. Area, Expert Says
A recent decision by the Obama administration to delay until 2015 a requirement that large companies provide health insurance coverage to workers will affect health coverage in the southern Los Angeles area, according to a health clinic leader, KPCC’s “OnCentral” reports (Martinez, “OnCentral,” KPCC, 7/8).

Workonomics: Congressman Finds Living on Food Stamps No SNAP
The average food stamp recipient receives about $31 a week ($4.42 a day) for groceries and that’s apparently too much for House Republicans—who by the way earn about $3,350 a week plus perks and seem to work about three days a week for maybe 40 weeks of the year. But I digress.

Paid Sick Days Do Work For Small Businesses
The New York Times recently reported on how small business owners in certain cities are dealing with paid sick days laws. The takeaway? These new requirements have caused very little pain. The article highlights Bill Stone, the owner of Café Atlas in San Francisco’s Mission District, who was initially leery of paid sick days for his employees back in 2007 when San Francisco became the first city in the nation to implement a paid sick leave law. In 2007 Bill felt that the new paid sick law would only make it more expensive to run his business.

Top 5 States With the Highest Percentages of Uninsured Persons
Texas had the highest percentage of uninsured persons of any state in the United States between 2009 and 2011, according to 2012’s Health, United States, an annual report on trends in health statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

House Passes Republican Farm Bill Without Food Stamps
House Republicans passed a five-year U.S. farm-policy bill that retains subsidies to farmers and strips out food-stamp spending, costing it Democratic support.

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