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Retirement plans’ impact on recruiting and retention in the public market

In Politics by Michael Rae

State and local pension systems, along with allies in public employee unions, have presented as fact their opinion that traditional pensions aid the recruiting and retention of highly qualified employees. While statistical evidence supporting this conclusion is questionable, proponents have continued this promotion. In doing this, they have not promoted retirement plan designs that might actually serve to support recruiting and retention goals while better meeting employee needs. 

The MissionSquare Research Institute, along with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE), conducts an annual survey of human resource professionals in

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How inflation could impact public school finances

In Politics by Michael Rae

For the private sector, inflation and the rising cost of living are swallowing up the wage growth that some workers experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been bracing for reduced demand and a recession. For the public sector and public schools, in particular, the implications of inflation aren’t as clear cut but they are just as problematic.

As Governing’s Girard Miller pointed out, most state and local government revenue sources are inflation elastic, meaning that they automatically respond to inflation. Because income and sales taxes are usually anchored to percentage rates, increases in taxpayers’ wages and in prices lead to

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Dr. Fauci Quarantines Truth, Common Sense, and Accountability

In Analysis by Michael Rae

“All I have ever done—and go back and look at everything I’ve ever done—was to recommend common-sense, good CDC-recommended public health policies that have saved millions of lives.” That was Dr. Anthony Fauci in late July. The declaration will come as a surprise to Drs. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, Sunetra Gupta of Oxford, and Martin Kulldorff of Harvard University. 
As we noted in January, these medical scientists of the Great Barrington Declaration, expressed “our grave concerns over the inadequate protection of the vulnerable and the devastating harms of the lockdown pandemic policy adopted by much of the world.” Instead of engaging

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Is ‘diversity’ the new religion of American universities?

In Opinion by Michael Rae

As American universities worked tirelessly over the past couple of centuries to purge religion from institutional education, their success left a conceptual void. Without religion, the western university was in need of some of sort of metanarrative or ontological justification for its existence. Continue Reading…

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CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL 21

In Rights by poladmin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2022
CCLA REACTS TO ACS-LÉGER STUDY ON EFFECTS OF BILL 21
TORONTO — Gillian Moore, Equality Program Director for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the following statement:
Today, the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) released the largest study of minority religious communities affected by Bill 21 – a law that bans religious symbols for certain public sector workers in Quebec, to date. The results are staggering, but unsurprising.
Under the guise of advancing neutrality, social harmony and equality, Bill 21 disproportionately harms Muslim women – along with Sikhs, Jews, and members of other minority religions.

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CCLA argues against expanded police detention powers at Supreme Court

In Rights by poladmin

CCLA is intervening in a case before the Supreme Court to argue that the police should not be given an expanded power to arbitrarily detain drivers on private property.  
Over thirty years ago the majority of a divided Supreme Court ruled that police could pull over drivers, questioned occupants, and demanded drivers’ identification without any suspicion of wrongdoing. It’s a roving, arbitrary detention power that has resulted in decades of discriminatory policing and harassment of racialized persons – both intentionally and due to unconscious bias.  
In his dissent in that case, Justice Sopinka wrote that “the last straw”

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Government COVID Blunders Continue With Monkeypox

In Analysis by Michael Rae

The Centers for Disease Control now tracks the confirmed number of monkeypox cases across the country. As of August 3rd, the agency reports about 6,600 cases across the country. The first confirmed monkeypox infection in the US was reported on May 19th. Monkeypox cases have followed a similar trajectory across Europe. 
As cases increased, several states declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Most recently, the Biden Administration issued a public health emergency and enlisted the help of public health agencies to address recent outbreaks.
That might be the most troubling news of all. 
Over the past two years, numerous reports, scholarly articles, and

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Father Stu shows us strength in weakness

In Opinion by Michael Rae

This past spring, movie theatres saw the premier of Father Stu, a Sony Pictures film starring Mark Wahlberg as Father Stu and co-starring Mel Gibson as his father. The film is based on the true story of Stuart Long, an amateur boxer from Montana who found God after a near-death experience and eventually became a priest. Continue Reading…

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CCLA Calls for Moratorium on RCMP Surveillance ‘Tools’

In Rights by poladmin

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CCLA CALLS FOR MORATORIUM ON RCMP SURVEILLANCE ‘TOOLS’
August 9, 2022
TORONTO —  Brenda McPhail, Director of Privacy Technology and Surveillance Program for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, made the following statement after her testimony at the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics:
Instead of helping to fix vulnerabilities in software the RCMP has been exploiting them through advanced spyware. This is making us all less safe daily in the name of public safety.
Our government agencies are encouraging an industry known for prioritizing profits over human rights and feeding the worst impulses of authoritarian governments.
Today, the CCLA is

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Congress Is Supersizing the IRS. Here’s Why That’s Bad News for Everyday Americans

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Americans love their fast-food supersized. But supersizing the Internal Revenue Service?
Probably not so popular.
That’s evidently of little concern to a majority of Congress. Lawmakers are poised to pass a large tax-and-spending bill, which Biden is eager to sign, that would increase IRS funding by an astounding $80 billion. The legislation “provides 14 times as much funding for ‘enforcement’—as in fishing expedition audits—than it does for ‘taxpayer services’ such as answering the phone,” according to Ben Susser of Americans for Tax Reform.
The IRS would more than double its workforce under this legislation, Joe Simonson reports for the Washington Free Beacon. In

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