Friday, April 13, 2012

State Sen. Glenn Grothman Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Act 219: Law Removing Punitive Damages for Discrimination Claims


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Grothman Thanks Governor Walker for Signing Act 219:

Law Removing Punitive Damages for Discrimination Claims

Madison: Last week Governor Walker signed Act 219 into law, which repealed a two-year-old law signed by Governor Jim Doyle that affected discrimination claims. The left has been spreading much misinformation and many lies about this bill. I would like to set the record straight.

This law which I authored with Michelle Litjens (R-Oshkosh) which Governor Walker signed brought Wisconsin’s equal protection law back to what it was in 2009.

People who feel that they are discriminated against can file a claim with the Department of Workforce Development. In 2007, 17% of claims were based on disability discrimination, 16% on race discrimination, 13% on sex discrimination, 13% on age discrimination, 7% on conviction record discrimination, with the rest based on other types of discrimination. Some sex discrimination claims are by men. Because left-wing media wants to portray Republicans as anti-women, they have reported this story as if Wisconsin’s anti-discrimination law is all about discrimination against women, when less than one-eighth of all discrimination claims in the state claim bias against women.

Before 2009, under state law, your damages were the amount you lost. If you were not hired or were fired, you would receive back pay. If you were underpaid, you would get additional pay, plus interest plus attorney costs and fees.

In 2009, the Democrats passed a bill which could have forced businesses to pay much more. After the state assesses damages, a jury could then also assess a business up to $300,000 in punitive damages depending on the size of the business. One should also remember that before and after the recently signed law that people may file a claim with the federal government.

Prior to this new law, businesses already felt the anti-discrimination laws were a problem, since many claims are made when someone is fired. Even in the most frivolous cases, businesses may incur legal fees. Their management may need to spend time fighting lawsuits, rather than managing the company. There also is always the fear that even if they are innocent, an administrative law judge will find them guilty. While they don’t advertise this, I have been told that some Wisconsin businesses will automatically give claimants $5,000 - $10,000 if they file a discrimination case just to go away. To make matters worse, there is no risk incurred by filing a discrimination claim – people can make things up and nothing happens to them.

There was little precedent for the Democrats’ 2009 law. Most other states did not have a law like it. Our neighbors in Iowa and Michigan did not allow punitive damages. Minnesota capped punitive damages at $25,000.

Wisconsin’s business community wanted to go back to the pre-2009 law in which discrimination was outlawed, but a jury could not give $300,000 in punitive damages. Representatives of the manufacturers, the hospitals, the grocers, the insurers, the builders, restaurants and small businesses registered in favor of my bill.

While only a small portion of these claims were made by women who allege sex discrimination, many left-wing people are claiming we have a problem because there was a study which showed women made 75% as much as men. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reported last year that single women under the age of 30 earn 8% more than men. The “wage gap” occurred primarily because of married couples in which the man is the primary breadwinner and the woman has taken time out to raise children or is working fewer hours than the man.

We all know couples who arrange their life in this way. That is fine if mothers prefer to take time off for their families and young children. Some angry feminists may hate these sorts of married couples, but as long as they exist, “studies” will show men make more than women. This targeting of traditional families is unfortunate and this should be obvious.

It is important to improve Wisconsin’s business climate and not have businesses in worse shape than other states. While the new law may not benefit trial lawyers, it is one more step in improving Wisconsin’s business ranking and environment.

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Maloney Press Release: WV families need real jobs now

For immediate release: Friday, April 13, 2012
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"Tomblin is out of touch with families who want to work," says Maloney

MORGANTOWN -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney reminded Earl Ray Tomblin today that fewer people work in West Virginia than any other state in the country.

According to a report issued on March 30, 2012 by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, West Virginia ranks 50th for labor force participation rate at 54%. The next lowest rate is 59%.

Maloney said, “West Virginia doesn’t just rank last in the number of people in the workforce. We are 50th by a mile. Hundreds of thousands of West Virginians need good paying jobs.”

He continued, “Earl Ray Tomblin is out of touch with what is actually happening to families in our state. When Earl Ray was a State Senator there were thousands of coal mining positions open in southern West Virginia, but now there are thousands of coal miners looking for work. All while Earl Ray Tomblin’s family continues to receives hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from the state.”

“West Virginia needs major reforms if we are going to get West Virginians working. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of people seem to have just given up hope,” concluded Maloney.

The most recent U.S. Census data shows that there are 1,498,611 people in West Virginia 16 years and over, but only 824,270 in the labor force. Of those, 58,650 are officially unemployed.

But that still leaves 674,341 not in the labor force or even looking for work. For West Virginia to just move up one spot to 49th in labor force participation rate, 59,910 workers would need to be hired (the equivalent of 164 per day for 365 consecutive days).

Even if you remove the 352,727 residents who are over the age of 62, then you would still have 321,614 West Virginians who could be in the labor force who are without jobs.
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Bill Maloney was the 2011 Republican nominee for governor of West Virginia. A proven job creator, Maloney has built his own businesses and provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. Maloney isn’t a career politician, and he will bring real-world experience and a fresh approach to Charleston. He believes in lower taxes, smaller government and more opportunity. Maloney’s 'can-do' attitude helped to save the lives of 33 trapped Chilean miners recently. Maloney and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters and a grandson.

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Monday, April 09, 2012

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Confederate History Month - Reposted

For most in the South it is well known that April is Confederate history month. I like to take time out every April and remember those brave men and women who fought and sacrificed so much. I am not going to turn this post into a debate about the causes of the War for Southern Independence, I am just going to remember that amazing generation who lost everything.

One of my favorite ways to do that is through quotes. Both are from an American war hero who later become the only President of the Confederate States of America, who was befriended by the Pope, and also attended Catholic school as a child; the honorable Jefferson Davis:

“Secession belongs to a different class of remedies. It is to be justified upon the basis that the States are Sovereign. There was a time when none denied it. I hope the time may come again, when a better comprehension of the theory of our Government, and the inalienable rights of the people of the States, will prevent any one from denying that each State is a Sovereign, and thus may reclaim the grants which it has made to any agent whomsoever.”

“The unjust war commenced against us in violation of the rights of the States, and in usurpation of power not delegated to the government of the United States, is still characterised by the barbarism with which it has heretofore been conducted by the enemy. Aged men, helpless women and children, appeal in vain to the humanity which should be inspired by their condition, for immunity from arrest, incarceration or banishment from their homes. Plunder and devastation of the property of non-combatants, destruction of private dwellings and even of edifices devoted to the worship of God, expeditions organised for the sole purpose of sacking cities, consigning them to the flames, killing the unarmed inhabitants and inflicting horrible outrages on women and children are some of the constantly recurring atrocities of the invader.”

This quote is from a speech President Davis gave to the Congress of the Confederates States of America on May 2, 1864, in Richmond.


Sunday, April 08, 2012