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Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has strayed from its constitutional authority in declaring what preexisting law is to actually making law itself.
Sr. Fellow Bill Evers, director of Independent Institute's Open Letter to Suspend AB5, talks with guest host Katy Grimes about the latest news on California's AB5. The law took effect during the pandemic and requires freelance "gig" workers to become employees of companies instead of remaining independent contractors. Various exemptions have been granted but Uber and Lyft drivers and other delivery drivers will be forced to give up their independence when determining where and when they work. With unemployment soaring during the pandemic, drivers are needed more than ever to fill essential tasks while people shelter in place. Evers discusses other occupations affected by the law, as well as a ballot initiatives and lawsuits which seek to undue AB5 and challenge its constitutionality.
Independent Institute Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Ken and John show to discuss the latest on California's AB5, the law which requires "gig" workers to be hired as employees, instead of continuing as independent contractors. The California Attorney General seeks a court order to immediately halt what they call 'worker misclassification" by Uber and Lyft. But app-based ride share companies say trying to force drivers to give up their independence 100 days before the election threatens to put a million more people out of work at the worst possible time.
The rioting, looting, arson, and killings hitting cities around the nation that have followed the death of George Floyd, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, are much like the disturbances that convulsed American cities in the 1960s.
Executive Director Graham Walker appears on the Trevor Carey show on KALZ radio in Fresno, CA to talk about the effects of California's law known as AB5. The law was passed in 2019 and requires freelance workers, or "gig" workers, to become employees of the company instead of independent contractors. There are many exemptions granted for certain professions, but Uber and Lyft drivers are most affected. Walker outlines how the law hurts those it was intended to help
The death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer with a history of excessive force complaints has spurred protests, demonstrations, and riots across the nation. Peaceful protests are more than justified. However, the lawless riots are not; they are enacting the very injustices they claim to contest and on a colossal and catastrophic scale.
Schools were closed down for the spring, and many are projected to remain closed for the fall. How will this affect childrens academic development? Some propose handing out A grades to each and every student, regardless of their development. Others argue for holding each and every child back for a whole year. Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children, by Vicki E. Alger:
Research Fellow Jonathan J. Bean, editor of Race and Liberty in America: The Essential Reader, appears on the Jim Bohannon radio show to discuss the riots taking place currently in America, compared to the race riots in the 1960s. Many cities have more diverse police forces and there are several black police chiefs and mayors compared to the 1960s, says Bean. He says that crime rates have also dropped dramatically since then.