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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Daily Government Quotes

Texas is for everyone -- Not for bigotry. Welcome y'all.

JUNE 27, 2018
Billboard that went up in Texas in response to another billboard that had a less-welcoming message: "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS."
Source: CNN

It’s not a job that most people consider. Growing up, people play cops and robbers, not convicts and corrections officers.

JUNE 26, 2018
Chris Gautz, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections, on the state's struggle to hire people to work in prisons and jails.
Source: Governing

They handcuffed me and put a white bag of some kind over my head. They took off all of my clothes and put me into a restraint chair, where they attached my hands and feet to the chair. They left me naked and attached to that chair for two and a half

JUNE 25, 2018
Sworn statement from a 15-year-old boy from Mexico, on his experience while being held in an immigrant detention facility in Virginia for nine months. His and other children's claims of abuse have led the governor to call for an investigation.

I think of light rail as the diamond-encrusted Rolex watch of transit. It’s something that doesn’t do as much as a real watch can do. It costs a lot more. And it serves solely to serve the ego of the people who are buying it.

JUNE 22, 2018
Randal O’Toole, transit expert for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank founded by oil billionaire Charles Koch who along with his brother is fueling a fight against public transit.

We’re just going to have to make the best of a bad situation.

JUNE 20, 2018
Aubrey Vincent, sales manager for Lindy’s Seafood, a crab wholesaler on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Lindy's and other "picking houses" rely on seasonal Mexican laborers with H2-B visas to process the crab harvest. But the federal government this year changed the way it distributes those visas, moving from a first-come, first-served system to a lottery. Half the state's crab houses failed to get visas, leaving them without any workers for the upcoming season. One seafood wholesaler previously told the Baltimore Sunthat "this is going to cause the price of crab meat to go out of sight. There’s not going to be hardly any Maryland crab meat."
Source: Baltimore Sun

Why should my tips go to subsidize the labor costs of a corporation?

JUNE 19, 2018
Diana Ramirez, deputy co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, a nationwide advocacy group and the leader of an effort in Washington, D.C., to end the practice of allowing restaurants and bars to pay below-mimimum wages and make up the difference in tips. D.C. residents will vote Tuesday on whether to repeal the so-called tip credit. Restaurants have said the added workforce expense would put many eateries out of business.
Source: Governing

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