and as usual you missed.Local governments cutting hours over Obamacare costs
Many cash-strapped cities and counties facing the prospect of shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars in new health-care costs under the Affordable Care Act are opting instead to reduce the number of hours their part-time employees work.
The decisions to cut employee hours come 16 months before employers including state and local governments will be required to offer health-care coverage to employees who work at least 30 hours a week. Some local officials said the cuts are happening now either because of labor contracts that must be negotiated in advance, or because the local governments worry that employees who work at least 30 hours in the months leading up to the January 2015 implementation date would need to be included in their health-care plans.
"Other supporters of the law suggested the cuts could actually cost counties and cities more money than if they simply paid for part-time workers health-care costs.
There are some costs of doing business where it really does cost you more money to have multiple people on the job, said Gary Burtless, a senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution."
"I dont think this is going to be a big direct-cost burden for counties and municipalities, Burtless added."
"They could try to hire more part-time workers and achieve the coverage they need that way, though it's hard to attract people to a 24 hour a week job with no benefits.
"And while some of their drivers are retirees and don't rely on the income, there are some that do. And those drivers might head for greener pastures.
Anna Simo is the Executive Director for the agency.
"There's a lot of competition right now with the oil and gas industry, and they're paying better wages than we are. You know, and now we're cutting the hours," she says.
Another possibility would be to make a small number of workers full time with benefits, but then you have less drivers to work with total."