The brave young man in the middle of this picture is Taylor Floria. Taylor is a 19-year-old high school student from Chester County. He also lives with autism. Today Taylor took the stand in a court of law, something very few 19-year-olds will ever do, as a witness for the plaintiffs who are challenging the Pennsylvania voter ID law.
Last Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) reported that unemployment edged up slightly to 7.5%, while nonfarm payrolls grew at a healthier pace, adding 14,600 jobs in June (here is the graphy summary form L&I).
This week at Third and State, we blogged about a new report challenging the conventional wisdom on payday lending, the third anniversary of the last increase in the minimum wage, public policy that shrinks the economy, bizarre claims about income inequality and much more.
Vic's comments to reporters after the second day (July 26, 2012) of our voter ID challenge. Citing an expert study commissioned by ACLU-PA, Vic addresses the disproportionate burden these ID requirements impose on various groups, and the potentially devastating impact of poor public awareness of the new law.This video is made available for noncommercial use, in whole or in part, with attribution to ACLU of Pennsylvania, and a link (where possible) to aclupa.org.
A full transcript of the hearing is available here.Day two of our voter ID trial in Harrisburg was about statistics - both the actual statistical impact of new voter ID requirements on Pennsylvania voters, and on the methodology and science behind statistical study.ACLU-PA's Statewide Survey
In 1960, George Lesauvage of the National Restaurant Association was making the case against increasing the federal minimum wage. “Wages, of course, in the restaurant industry are low for several reasons,” he said. “One of the most important is the fringe benefits that a restaurant worker gets in the form of free meals which in terms of value to the employee are most significant. Another fringe would be free uniforms.”
Wow, free uniforms. He forgot to mention free restrooms!
July 26, 2012
"Eliminating school property taxes in Pennsylvania ... would have dire unintended consequences for our state, our residents, and our children," Michael Wood testified before the Senate Finance Committee today.
The second day of trial began with Judge Simpson bemoaning the inexorable progression of time, denoted by Mick Jagger's 69th birthday. The rest of the morning was spent with witness Matt Baretto, an expert in survey science and barriers to elections from the University of Washington in Seattle. Baretto conducted a survey in June and early July, contracted by ACLU-PA, to measure the impact of the state's new voter ID requirements.
“Elections shall be free and equal; and no power, civil or military, shall at any time interfere to prevent the free exercise of the right of suffrage.” –Article I, Section V of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania