Representing employees injured at work.
Clayton is not looking for a handout any more than the Perimeter
area is looking for a handout when it seeks $1 billion from the state
to redo the Ga 400 and I-285 interchange. Clayton voters would
actually bring their own money to the table in the form of a sales
tax increase on themselves.
Clayton is doing what works in North Fulton and North DeKalb.
MARTA stations there provide access to the airport, downtown events,
and low cost labor for station area businesses. Three stations north
of the Perimeter, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, North Springs are
surrounded by prosperous areas. Brookhaven MARTA station lies in one
of the hottest development markets in the region.
Clayton voters know a good thing when they see it. The more places the MARTA system goes, the better it is for all parts of the system. If Clayton voters expand
the system, they'll be doing themselves - and all of us - a favor.
2 months ago on Clayton's Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side
Expanding Medicaid to more working Georgians is morally responsible. It is also good for business. Healthy workers improve productivity. Georgia should expand Medicaid now.
11 months ago on Ebenezer's Raphael Warnock to Gov. Nathan Deal: Expanding Medicaid would be best way to honor MLK
@Leslie Ward Larger cities can and must be expected
to do a good job managing risk and employee safety. I am thrilled
that you have taken on employee safety as a priority. Don't let
anything I say take away from that effort.
But any city that has a higher
percentage of employees in a high risk profession, like police, is
going to have a higher injury rate than cities that don't have as
high a percentage of high risk employees.
I have not read your audit, but the
article cites figures that compare Atlanta with “the national
average for local governments.” Does this include local
governments that don't employ police or fire? Does it include cities
that have no sewer system to maintain? Your audit may have taken
that into account, but I did not see it in the article.
Private workers' comp insurance
companies set their premiums based on the percentage of high risk
employees that an employer has. A company that employs mostly
construction workers will typically have more work injuries, and
higher insurance premiums, than a company that employs mostly office
workers. That does not mean the construction company is operating at
a lower safety standard than the company that employs only office
It means that one line of business is
inherently riskier and more likely to produce job injuries than the
other. Just as there are many different types of companies with
different levels of risk, there are many types of cities with
different levels of risk. Some local governments have only office
workers approving business licenses. Other local governments have
bomb disposal teams. Expecting the same injury rate for both types
Please do hold the City of Atlanta to
the highest standard possible. Just make sure that it is a fair and
realistic standard and not one that compares Atlanta to local
governments that don't provide a fraction of the services, including
risky and necessary services, that big city governments provide.
Thank you again for working to improve
1 year ago on Atlanta pays about $1 million a month in worker’s comp claims, a higher rate than national average
@Burroughston Broch I hope you never have to experience a disabling injury. I represent injured workers in workers' compensation claims. Work injuries can ruin peoples' lives and workers' compensation benefits never make up for the lost income, pain and suffering.
The article compares the City government to all local governments nationwide. This is like comparing apples and oranges. The vast majority of local governments are not big cities and do not have the many moving parts of big city administration. How does the City of Atlanta compare to similar cities?
Government can work. It has worked. And it can work better. We have made it work in the past and we can make it work in the future. But we have to keep working at it. When the far right (and the media catering to them) throw up their hands and give up on government when the slightest thing goes wrong, we have to say "get real."
Nothing is perfect. No one has all the answers. But our lives are better than they were 100 years ago because government got better at interacting with the free market. Protections were put in place to protect workers. Monopolies were broken up. We do not want to go back to the 19th Century. We need to move forward and keep making government better. To do that, we have to admit that government can be better.
We are all better off when we are ALL better off. Not just when a wealthy few are better off. We need to pick each other up when we fall down, because we will all fall down at some point in this life.
Cutting unemployment in NC is not only cruel, it is bad for everyone. It increases the numbers of people who will go bankrupt or into foreclosure. That is bad for the economy. And a worse economy is bad for the wealthy as well as the poor and middle class.
Let's stop trying to kill every government program. Let's start making government better.
1 year, 5 months ago on North Carolina's model of consensus is slipping — giving Georgia leaders a chance to unite and move forward
Abandon the Downtown Connector! Let the City continue its come back. The fact that we are comparing beautiful Sidney Harbor with an ugly highway shows a failure of priorities. The highway is an eyesore and nothing will fix that. The pedestrian experience is what needs to be enhanced. Not that of people passing through at 70+ mph.
1 year, 5 months ago on Beautification of Peachtree Street bridges the first step in vision for adorning Downtown Connector
No one is talking about taking out a $1 billion loan up front. According to the story, the city was considering $250 to $750 million last March. Now it is only considering $250 million to $300 million.
That means most of the $922 million backlog will not get done. Anyone who owns a house knows about backlogs. You do what you can when you can.
It sounds like the Mayor is being realistic about how much money is available. Next will be hard choices about what parts of the backlog get addressed and what parts don't.
Making those decisions will require us all to be adults and not misrepresent the facts.
2 years ago on An infrastructure puzzle — Atlanta leaders keep working on solutions
It is worth noting that Ross Mason is a Fellow with Newt Gingrich's healthcare "think" tank.
This provides some context to Ayn Rand like statements about abolishing the income tax and worshiping the 3,000 "innovators" who are allegedly driving the U.S. economy while the rest of us are - presumably - freeloading.
3 years, 4 months ago on Georgia can enact strategic public policies to emerge as a leading innovation center