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Pennsylvania Labor Law Attorney Irwin Aronson Discusses Pending 'Voter Identification' Legislation on The Rick Smith Show

March 7, 2012

On the Mar. 7, 2012 edition of The Rick Smith Show, “Where Working People Come to Talk,” Willig, Williams & Davidson Partner and Pennsylvania labor law attorney Irwin W. Aronson and Rick Smith engaged in a wide ranging discussion about the so-called “voter identification” legislation currently pending before the Pennsylvania State Senate. Aronson noted that, if passed, the legislation may very well have the effect of disenfranchising nearly 700,000 Pennsylvania poor, minority and disabled voters. In the interview, Aronson noted the pivotal role Pennsylvania has played historically in the United States as the keystone of our democracy. With that in mind, he expressed how shocking it is that instead of finding ways to fully fund public education, restore solvency to the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, protect our environment or establish a foundation for meaningful job creation, the Pennsylvania General Assembly is investing effort in drafting, contemplating, debating and passing legislation aimed at separating our government from the people whose interest the government is supposed to serve.

Later in the interview, Aronson commented on pending legislation in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives that would strip local prevailing wage protection from thousands of taxpayer-funded public construction projects. In offering a layperson’s analysis of the various proposed prevailing wage law changes, Aronson described the reality that not one of the pending pieces of legislation provides any assurance that the taxpayers would receive so much as one dollar of savings. Instead, wage cuts would be used to merely make the unscrupulous practices of bidders on public works projects even more lucrative. In that vein, Aronson reported that the prevailing wage legislation under consideration would put Pennsylvania elected officials squarely in the position of using our government as the vehicle for slashing wages and destroying benefits of highly skilled Pennsylvania workers. To listen to the full show, click here.

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