Legislative News
for the Week of
August 15, 2012

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
    
     President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will allow approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants to earn an additional two years in the United States as reported by the Migration Policy Institute and ABC News.
     Under Obama's program, students aged 30 or younger who are enrolled in school on the day they apply for deportation deferral will be eligible to be granted two years reprieve from deportation. Each applicant must demonstrate that they came to the United States before their 16th birthday, lived here for the past five years, and have not been convicted of certain crimes.
     The program takes effect August 15th when applications for deferral will begin to be accepted. The application includes a fee of $465, used to fund the program, but exceptions will be provided for minors, homeless youths, those with chronic disabilities, and those whose income falls below a specified percentage of the poverty level.
     Those approved will be able to separately apply for work authorization in the United States. In June the Migration Policy Institute estimated that 1.4 million illegal immigrants could benefit from the program. Other program directors claim as many as 1.76 million people could now be eligible.
   

Get to Know Paul Ryan
 
  • He is a 5th generation Wisconsinite
  • Worked at McDonald's in high school
  • Was prom king
  • Double majored in economics and political science at Miami University in Ohio
  • Used to play pick-up basketball with NBC's David Gregory
  • As a staff economist for Rep. Kasten, Ryan supplemented his income by working as a waiter and fitness trainer
  • Was the legislative director for Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas
  • Was a speechwriter for Rep. Jack Kemp
  • When he was elected to the U.S. House in 1998, he was the second youngest member
  • He and his wife Janna, a tax attorney, have three children: Elizabeth, Charles, and Samuel
  • Is a fan of Beethoven, Led Zeppelin, and Rage Against the Machine
  • Does P90X, a cross-training routine, most mornings
  • First VP candidate from Wisconsin in U.S. history
 

Retail, Restaurant Cuts Expected with Advent of Obamacare

  

     Journalist Louise Radnofsky, quoting consulting firm Mercer, has reported that when Obamacare mandates take effect in 2014, employers in the restaurant and retail industries will more than likely be forced to drop their health plans or cut employees' hours. Last week, the Wall Street Journal stated that several retail and restaurant franchisees have said they plan to change worker's benefits.
     According to the Mercer survey of 1,203 employers released two days ago, approximately 9 percent of retail and hospitality employers are planning to have to drop existing health plans. The survey alarmingly found that those employers who do not now offer health coverage are more likely to cut employees' hours in order to be in compliance with the law.
     The law provides that employers with 50 or more full-time employees--those who work at least 30 hours a week--must offer to those employees "qualifying" health-insurance coverage. If the employer does not offer coverage and at least one employee turns to federal government subsidies to purchase coverage, the employer will have to pay a penalty.
     The survey results show that many retail employers that are close to the 50 worker threshold believe it might make sound financial sense to cut employees' hours and avoid the Obamacare penalties all together.