Openmarket.org: Finally Free to Leave SEIU, Michigan Home Care Workers Do Exactly That
A union-friendly administration created a state body to pose as the “employer” of home care workers receiving state assistance, and then conducted a stealth organizing campaign by mail. Unsurprisingly, many home care workers in Michigan were unhappy about having their assistance payments suddenly reduced because of dues payments to which they never consented. So when they could finally exit, they did. As a result, SEIU Healthcare Michigan’s membership dropped from 55,000 in 2012 to under 11,000 the next year.
But Michigan isn’t the only state where government employee unions have tried to expand the definition of “public employee” to include service providers who receive state assistance. > Read more
Globalwarming.org: Carbon Pollution Rule: New Way to Skin the Cat — or Same Old, Same Old?
May 9 is the rapidly approaching deadline for filing comments on the EPA’s Carbon Pollution Rule. The recycled Carbon Pollution Rule is still a fuel-switching mandate, although not as overtly so. With a little editing, EPA can turn the “carbon pollution” rule into the legal framework for cap-and-trade. > Read more
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REPORT ON REGULATORY BURDEN - WAYNE CREWS
Federal Regulations Take $1.8 Trillion Bite Out of Economy
This week, CEI released its annual Ten Thousand Commandments report on the size and scope of federal regulations. Federal regulations took a $1.863 trillion bite out of the U.S. economy in 2013. > View the report