First, in 2002, the tax rate was frozen, even though more workers were entering the market. Two years later it was clear that the unemployment fund was underfunded, as compared to how it should've been funded without the freeze. It would have been a big hit on employers to fully fund it, so all players decided to just fund about half of what was needed, and call it good.
And now they've got a big problem.
Now the law and the recession are clobbering Idaho businesses, which saw unemployment-tax rates climb by 70 percent in 2009 to pay checks to the growing number of unemployed workers. Businesses could see another 100 percent increase in 2010 at a time when many already are struggling, labor officials say.The article has this revealing quote from Madsen:
I will admit I wanted consensus more than I wanted to impose my opinion (on the committee)," Madsen said. "I just didn't push it hard enough, I guess.This tells me one of two things happened. Either Madsen knew better but caved in politically, or he didn't know, and is now trying to make us think he did.
And, predictably, Wayne Hoffman uses this problem to offer up the thoroughly discredited idea that trickle down economics is the best way to wealth for everyone. If George Bush's administration taught us anything, it was that the rich can get richer and richer and richer, and the middle class and the poor don't benefit from it.
I would have liked to see
Rogers Roberts name the key players in the business community who pushed this stupid idea.