POLS READY TO TRUCK UP N.Y. ECONOMY
New York is the second-worst state in America in which to do business.
New York has the second-highest commercial transportation costs of any state in the nation.
New York is pretty screwed up.
And the politicians are working to screw it up even worse. Specifically, Democrats in the legislature, in league with their union pals, have come up with a way to screw everybody in the state who manufactures a product, grows a crop or makes a purchase.
That means you.
Here’s the story.
Two Democrat legislators out of New York City have introduced bills that would essentially outlaw independent contractors in the trucking business.
Think that through.
Right now, across America, trucking is done by transportation and freight companies. They do this with trucks they own, driven by their employees. They also do this with independent contractors, owner-operators who own their own trucks and do contract work where they can and when they choose.
Owner-operators are usually small operations that might own just one truck, or perhaps a small fleet of three or 10.
Some transportation companies will have no fleets of their own, but function as middle men, contracting with owner-operators as need and jobs arise. Other companies will have their own trucks and drivers, but when demand is high, they will supplement their own fleets by bringing on independent contractors.
It’s that way all across America.
But it may not be that way in New York for very much longer.
The Assembly Labor Committee has approved and a corresponding committee in the Senate is considering legislation that would require almost all truck drivers to be employees – not independent contractors.
The owner-operator would be outlawed.
If a transportation or freight company needed anything moved, it would have to move it with its own employees in its own trucks.
Which gets costly.
First of all, some companies would have to start fleets, at considerable expense, and others would have to expand fleets, also costly.
But that’s just trucks and mechanics.
Bringing the state’s independent-contractor drivers onto the company payroll could be staggering.
All of a sudden, you’ve got a fulltime employee and you have to pay his insurance, 401k, workers comp, vacation, sick days and any number of other wildly expensive things.
Of course, when the state’s truck drivers are forced to give up their owner-operator businesses and hire on as someone else’s employee, you can be certain the union recruiters are going to be organizing every fleet they can.
Which is probably why this whole thing is happening.
But what’s the impact?
One more bullet in the head of New York’s economy.
Every product grown or manufactured in the state gets where it’s going by truck. If you make the cost of trucking more expensive, you make every product moved in a truck more expensive. If you make New York transportation costs higher than other states – remember, they’re already the second highest in the nation – you make New York produce and products more expensive than competing products from other states.
That means you put New York farmers and manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.
That means you kill New York jobs.
So your Teamster cronies can rake in more dues money, and contribute more to your campaign.
But that’s only the impact on growers, manufacturers and workers – what about consumers?
Well, if it costs more to bring merchandise to the store, it’s going to cost more to buy that merchandise in the store. It’s as simple as that. The food, shoes, clothes, gasoline, furniture and everything else you buy will be more expensive.
Because of this stupid legislation.
Because idiots in Albany don’t care about anything but themselves.
Owner-operators – homespun entrepreneurs who make a living with their own truck – will be essentially pushed out of business. Transportation companies will have staggering and unnecessary labor and equipment costs. New York businesses and farmers will be hamstrung against out-of-state competitors. New York consumers will face higher prices across the board.
Because of malfeasance in public office.
Because an immoral and corrupt government is a cancer on the liberties and prosperity of the Empire State.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2012