With many states facing widening budget gaps and demand for job creation, decision-makers are weighing expanded gaming in the form of casinos or slot machines. Though gaming has expanded significantly in recent decades??most notably at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut??many states have kept gambling limited to state-run lotteries or scratch tickets.
But those limits are expected to come down soon and the result would be increased state revenue and badly needed construction and permanent jobs.
In New Hampshire, the Senate Finance Committee passed a bill that authorizes up to 17,000 slot machines at six locations, which includes three racetracks and three new casinos.
The bill will now head to the full Senate, where it is expected to have enough support to pass. It will then head to the House of Representatives, where it will face a stiff challenge to pass.
If passed, the licenses for two locations are expected to generate an initial $50 million, which would cover budget shortfall in the Department of Health and Human Services. If locations wanted to offer table games, they would pay an additional $10 million each.
Two more locations would pay $20 million each for slot licenses and $10 million each for table games. The final two locations would pay $10 million each for slots and $10 million each for table games.
A joint committee consisting of labor and industry leaders as well as various state investigative agencies is suggesting much stiffer fines and criminal sanctions against employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors.
Attorney General Richard Blumenthal served as a co-chair of the group with Acting Labor Commissioner Linda Agnew.
Blumenthal called a crackdown on misclassification ??long overdue -- because it does devastating harm to taxpayers, workers and honest businesses.
The University of Connecticut found that misclassification costs the state more than $10 billion in unpaid workers compensation premiums, unpaid payroll taxes and medical care for workers that is not reimbursed.
Blumenthal and other state agencies have investigated more than 350 employers in the last two years for misclassifying workers. Hundreds of ??Stop Work?? orders were issued against contractors who were not properly covering employees with workers compensation.
The group has recommended to lawmakers changes that would increase penalties against employers who misclassify from $300 per incident to between $300-$1,000 per day for each violation.
Press coverage is linked below, including video of this week??s press conference at which Blumenthal expanded on the group??s findings and recommendations.
The Fair Labor Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General??s Office is hiring an Outreach Coordinator. The posting on the State??s website can be found here. Some details for the position are listed below. For full information, visit the link above.
Full-Time or Part-Time: Full-Time Salary Range: $1,526.42 to $2,205.46 Biweekly
Duties: The Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for serving as a liaison between the Division and community organizations, other public stakeholders and referring parties. Responds to inquiries from agency staff and others in order to provide information concerning Division procedures, including the filing of complaints. Maintains liaison with various private, local, state and federal agencies and others in order to exchange information and /or resolve problems. Other responsibilities include preparing Division outreach materials and providing outreach presentations to the public regarding the Commonwealth??s Wage and Hour laws. The Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing and responding to oral and written inquiries from the public about the Wage and Hour laws; making necessary referrals to other state and federal agencies; coordinating dissemination of public outreach materials; performing data entry using computerized case management system and word processing; maintaining records and analyzing data; and other office responsibilities, as assigned by the Division??s Chief and/or Deputy Chief.
Qualifications: Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions
Preferred Qualifications: Applicants should have at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in related office work. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is preferred. Background in labor standards, as well as a JD or related degree, is preferred. Comments: The Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Office actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce.
Please visit the Job Opportunities section of the Attorney General??s web site at WWW.MASS.GOV/AGO for all job postings.
If applying for more than one position, send separate cover letters and resumes. Use the 10# as reference to position. How To Apply: Apply by submitting cover letter and resume to:
Sandra Macdonald, Recruitment & Hiring Coordinator Office of the Attorney General Human Resource Management Office One Ashburton Place, 18th Floor Boston, MA 02108
Inquiries regarding position & status may be made to: Amy Goyer, Chief of Investigations (617) 727-2200 ext 2319