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2012
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TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’: Conservative Texas Blogger Demands His Party Take Action on Employee Misclassification

These are not Democrat or Republican issues, but rather they represent principles of the rule of law and fairness.

Right you are, Bob Price. Right you are.

In a blog post on Texas GOP Vote — a site that features a “Patterson for Lieutenant Governor 2014″ advertisement with the candidate pointing a handgun directly at the reader — Price makes several important assertions regarding Employee Misclassification that take the air out of claims that this is a business vs. labor issue:

During the 2011 Legislative Session there was good legislation put forward, but it did not get enough support from Republicans to move forward. These are not Democrat or Republican issues, but rather they represent principles of the rule of law and fairness. Republicans should not be tricked by some business leaders into believing this is anti-business legislation…

Solving this problem is pro-business as well the right thing to do. It is pro-business because it protects companies that follow the law and properly classify their employees and withhold payroll taxes. It is the right thing to do because it stops unethical businesses from making unfair profits while driving legitimate companies out of business…

In addition to companies being put in an unfair competitive situation, taxpayers in Texas are also footing the bill for the unethical companies’ behaviors. Millions of dollars are not paid to the Texas Workforce Commission because of employee misclassification. In addition to that, many deadbeat parents will hide from paying child support by working for companies that misclassify employees. The result is increased dependency of single parents on welfare to make up for the lost child support.”

This last angle is particularly interesting as Price is appealing to the socio-economic spirit of ĂĽber-conservative Republicans by marrying misclassification to “entitlement.” Whatever it takes, right!?

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