Sandwiches en la Torre de la Vela

Asociacionismo, libertad y comida rápida, por Jahd

13 de Junio 2004

Otra reforma de Arnold

Muchos se rieron por aquí con la elección de Schwarzenegger como gobernador, pero la verdad es que lo cambio ahora mismo por cualquier presidente (autonómico o, preferiblemente, del gobierno central). Su última reforma, comentada en el Heartland Institute, en el mercado laboral ataca las indemnizaciones a los trabajadores:

on April 19, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed SB 899, a bill reforming California's workers' compensation system. The measure had passed the state assembly 77-3 and the senate 33-3.

Esto, que a primera vista suena tan antisocial, ha sido consensuado con todas las fuerzas sociales:

"This bill completes a process that brought together Republicans and Democrats, business and labor, and all the affected parties to produce billions of dollars in savings, protect workers, and root out fraud and waste in the system," Schwarzenegger said in a news release issued the day he signed the bill. "No longer will workers' compensation be the poison of our economy. Our message to the rest of the country and the world is that California is open for business. We are making our state once again a powerful, job-creating machine."
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California employers are paying the highest workers' comp rates in the nation: $6.33 for every $100 in payroll, compared to a national average of $2.46. Over the past four years, costs in the workers' compensation system had increased 136 percent, contributing to an increasingly negative business climate in the state.
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According to a preliminary estimate by the University of California at Berkeley's Survey Research Center, the bill will generate $4 billion in savings in 2006. The center projects an additional $9.5 billion in savings from cost-containment measures adopted last year and slower projected growth in claims. The center estimates the state's workers' comp costs would have reached $30.6 billion in 2006 without the reforms. With the reforms, cost are projected to be $17.1 billion.

Y otro detalle importante para los que piensan que EEUU en general y California en particular son poco menos que un estado fascista y antidemocrático:

"Why have we waited this long to do these reforms?" asked Assemblyman Russ Bogh (R-Cherry Valley). "It's no accident, let's be honest. We are here today because of one thing--because over 1 million people answered Gov. Schwarzenegger's call for signed petitions to reform workers' compensation."

¿Para cuándo en España la gente se tomará en serio el participar en este tipo de decisiones? ¿Para cuándo los políticos tendrán el valor de preguntar a los ciudadanos qué quieren realmente?