Hillsdale College Radio General Manager and Radio Free Hillsdale Hour Host Scot Bertram is in for Jim today. Join Scot and Greg as they dig into an Italian study showing solar panels generate far more carbon dioxide than natural gas, and that the United Nations never took Chinese statistics into account – even though it produces 80 percent of solar panels. They also sigh as Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey announces a state of emergency due to the number of migrants pouring into her state. But instead of blaming the issue on the Biden administration’s porous border or refusal to deport, she chalks it up to the government being too slow to approve work authorization for the migrants. Finally, they end on a lighter note by discussing the promotion from the Subway sandwich chain that will land the winner $50,000 in Subway gift cards in exchange for changing their name to Subway.
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Democrats in Congress and in Virginia are pursuing legislation they say protects the right of workers to organize but critics say it’s nothing more than an effort to compel union membership for workers whether they want to belong or not.
This week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, also known as the PRO Act. Supporters claim it paves the way for employees to organize if they wish and protects them from retribution from employers. Critics contend it forces workers to pay union dues even if they don’t want anything to do with a labor union.
Opponents also warn that the legislation would force independent contractors to be classified as employees, a designation that has led to major upheaval in the gig economy in California after similar legislation was enacted last year.
In addition to the debate in Congress, which will likely go nowhere in the U.S. Senate, the new Democratic majorities in Virginia are also taking aim at right to work laws with competing bills in the House of Delegates and the State Senate.
Further complicating the Democrats’ efforts are statistics from Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. According to his projections, repealing right to work laws in Virginia would cost the commonwealth $11 billion and 37,000 jobs.
With both sides of the debate claiming to be on the side of workers, what does the evidence show? What protections already exist for workers wishing to organize and what would the bills in Washington and in Virginia actually accomplish?
We get answers to those questions with National Right to Work Committee President Mark Mix.
This week, the Republican House of Representatives and the Republican Senate easily approved a new, five-year Farm Bill, but conservative critics are enraged at the cost and structure of the legislation.
Club for Growth Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Roth says Republicans in Congress barely made any efforts to rein in spending or beef up work requirements for food assistance programs contained in the bill.
Roth says the original House version made some progress in those areas, but any good parts were stripped out in the final version that he expects President Trump to sign.
He says the spending approach was simply irresponsible.
“This was a bill that really didn’t have a score. They just learned about how much it would cost right before the Senate voted. Even then, the scorekeepers at the Congressional Budget Office said they still weren’t done counting. So Congress rushed this bill through, in a lame duck Congress mind you, without even knowing the full ramifications of the bill,” said Roth.
“Lawmakers in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, were more beholden to special interests than to taxpayers,” said Roth.
Listen to the full podcast to hear why Roth thinks the Farm Bill is a relic of the Dust Bowl era that’s no longer necessary, how the new Farm Bill is worse than the last one, and why the subsidies will go to big agribusinesses that don’t need them while small family farmers often get the shaft.
Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see nine Senate Democrats claim to want an up or down vote for Judge Gorsuch. They also applaud Missouri passing right to work legislation but wince as opponents may be able to stall the law from taking effect for almost two years. And they scold President Trump for tweeting about Ivanka’s battle with Nordstrom.