Friday, January 08, 2010

Why did Republicans push the Workman's Comp Law

for small contractors?

Great investigative blog post below from Christian Grantham:

Link

Letters from the state alerting small contractors of the new law were sent out late last year leaving many small contractors angry over the sticker shock. Conservative blogger David Oatney noted how this new law would personally effect his family:

Allow me to admit a bias: If Public Chapter 1041 is not repealed in its totality, my father-in-law could lose his roofing business and everything that he has worked his whole life for. He has worked for himself for most of his adult life, and certainly for as long as I have known him. His small metal roofing crews have included his son and himself, and sometimes a third person. If this legislation is allowed to pass without alteration or repeal, I think the original sponsor of the bill and all those members who voted for it should have to explain to him how it is that from now on, he will lose nearly his entire profit for the year paying for Workers’ Compensation insurance.

The new law’s Senate sponsor, Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), is himself an insurance salesman who benefits from raising premiums on small contractor businesses. During his current term, special interest PACs representing large home builders, developers and insurance industries gave more than $20,000 to Ketron’s campaign war chest.

The new law’s House sponsor, Rep. Jason Mumpower (R-Bristol), has received $18,000 from special interest PACs representing large home builders, developers and insurance industries during his current term.

Anger from small contractors prompted Sen. Ketron’s Republican colleague and fellow Rutherford County lawmaker Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) to question the motives of his colleagues who raised insurance premiums during a hard hitting recession on behalf of special interests.