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Texas Governor: Wrong, Mathematically and Factually The rationale behind Texas Governor Rick Perry's refusal to accept $555 million in federal unemployment aid is bassackward.
Texas Governor Rick Perry refuses $555 million in federal stimulus funds to alleviate the impact of massive unemployment in the state. The reason given is that it obligates the state to unemployment claims in the future that would force Texas to raise taxes on employers.
What is obscured is the fact that State Unemployment Insurance Tax (SUITA) rates are going up anyway for employers who have laid-off workers, with or without federal assistance.
When a new company in Texas starts a business and hires employees, they pay the “inexperience” SUITA tax rate. As the business grows and employment stabilizes, they pay the “preferred rate”.
Unemployment claims are supposed to be paid out of SUITA. Therefore, the state of Texas is not liable to pay unemployment claims, unless SUITA is insolvent by virtue of all companies in Texas going out of business, or it is under-funded by virtue of a “too low” SUITA tax rate.
The SUITA employment tax favors the companies with stable employment. When companies lay workers off, their SUITA tax rate automatically goes up.
For example, our engineering firm started out paying something like 2.8% on gross wages paid. The more wages paid usually meant more profits for the company and a decrease in SUITA tax rate. Within five years, our company was paying one-tenth or 0.28% rate.
There is an enormous gap between “inexperience” rate and “preferred” rate.
What Governor Perry fails to see is that many companies that once employed a stable workforce now have a large pool of unemployed workers. By right and by law, the SUITA tax rate, for them, is supposed to rise, in order to replenish unemployment insurance funds being depleted by displaced workers.
Here is the Mathematical Miscalculations. How much will the state raise SUITA on the big companies in Texas that suffered massive lay-offs?
The governor cannot have his cake and eat it too. Whether he protects the business community or not against future unemployment claims, he forgets that there is an immediate “liability” created by recent lay-offs that must be covered by the State Unemployment Insurance. This is the bullet that the business community must bite now, with or without assistance; otherwise, the governor will find himself shifting the lion share of employment insurance liability onto the backs of Small Business, in an effort to spare Big Business from having to revert to the “inexperience” rate.
The Obama administration offered $555 million in order to cushion that burden, in exchange for a few extra weeks for a displaced worker to get back into the workforce. In theory, a worker should be able to claim unemployment benefits until they are re-trained with new skills and again absorbed into the workforce. That is the ideal.
"Wisdom from Hollywood”
Billy “Hollywood” Groves
I heard a CNN reporter say recently that racial hate groups were gaining membership since Barack Obama became President of the United States.
The source of the report was the Southern Poverty Law Center group in Alabama which tracks the movements and actions of the hate groups like the KKK, Neo Nazis, Skinheads and other groups that make racial hating their mantle.
The man giving the report suggested that the bad United States economy might have something to do with it.
My take on the subject is that, “I believe that racism, institutional racism and racist individuals are fueling the increase in the ranks of members in America’s racist hate groups; which are basically, “home grown terrorists”.
While I know that there are some people in America who can’t accept the fact that an African American man is President of the United States. I can kind of understand how they feel; however, when their disappointments turn into vindictive acts of law breaking against innocent American citizens, then we have a problem.
After the civil war, the South came out with the KKK, Jim Crow Laws and other restrictive codes against African Americans as retaliation for the new freedom and rights of the slaves.
I see the increase in racist hate groups, as a modern day attempt by racists to under mind President Obama’s tenure as the leader of our nation.
In my mind the only answer to the rising threat of racial hate groups is to fight back against them, and the best way to fight them is to expose them to the American public.
If you know of any illegal activity or threatening behavior by racist groups then let the U.S. Department of Justice and our new Attorney General Eric Holder know about them.
The Department of Justice at the U.S. Attorney General Office’s address is 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, North West Room 4400, Washington D.C. 20530-0001. The telephone number is: 202-514-2000; Fax 202-307-6777and the email address, askdoj@U.S.doj.gov.
This is the new America we must let the Obama administration know what is really going on in our nation. God Bless America, Africa and the rest of the world.
Kudos go out to Dr. Brenda Groves Atchison of Waco, a Crockett native who was recently elected to the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Brenda Atchison is married to Rev. Delvin Atchison Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Waco and she works at McLennan County College and at her church. Dr. Atchison started her career in Crockett, her husband was Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett and they made Crockett a better place while they were there.
I had a very nice time at the 80th birthday party for Sis. Earlie Groves of Crockett held at Winfield Nursing Center’s activity room. Dr. Ruth Groves Watson of Houston played the piano and sang an astounding rendition of “You are so Beautiful” to her mother, Sis. Earlie Groves. Dr. Ianthia Fisher of Crockett, Dr. Helen King of Huntsville, Victoria Essien of Houston, Dr. Brenda Atchison of Waco are Sis. Earlie Groves daughters, they and their families were at the party. Sis. Groves was presented gifts, cards and letters from family members and other well wishers. Sis. Groves’ sister, retired educator, Lavern Brown of Crockett played the piano and entertained the guests at the party. I asked Sis. Groves what did she think about her party, she said she was excited and very pleased with everything that occurred on her birthday and she gave all the credit to God for her longevity. Dr. Watson said she was more than happy to perform at her mother’s party and described her mother as “The Greatest”. George King, Elouise Wooten, Agnes Rhoder, Sue Murray, Mrs. Hollingsworth, Thomas Essien, Crystal Williams, Margeaux Fisher, Henry and Lola Reece, Martin Essien, Rayford Cotton, Easter Mae and Mickey Pace, Sis. Berry, Natalia Robbins and numerous Winfield residents were some of the people I encountered at Sis. Groves 80th Birthday party.
Tallie Cooper, AKA T.C. the Great of Dallas did a masterful job of rapping an opening at a rap concert in Hope, Arkansas recently according to Mike “Heavy Love” Jones of Crockett. Heavy Love went on to say that T.C. the Great did his hit songs Champion and 40 Thousand to a very appreciative audience. Promoter, Texas Black Diamond of Houston promoted the concert. Houston rappers Mr. 3-2, The 5th Ward Boys and Mr. Bald Head headlined the show. Mike “Heavy Love” Jones of Crockett was at the concert and is currently working with Dallas rapper T.C. the Great. For more information on T.C. the Great, go to the internet, My Space. millenniumstarrecords.com.
East Texas thanks go out to Dr. Ruth Watson, President Barack Obama , Brenda McKnight, Dr. Ianthia Fisher, Rev. R.P. Taylor, Rev. Rickey Marshall, Jimmy Fisher, Melvis Wooten, Cartier Martin, Untwaun Johnson, Darwin “D.C.” Campbell, Quanell X, The Dead End Barbershop, Chris Collins, J.R. Richards, Betty Cross, Marleen Williams and Nate Gardner.
This column is sponsored by Customers Choice in Crockett, Chris and Lynn Martinez Managers.