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I was compelled to respond to the editorial board”s “hit” regarding Scott Gruendl”s suggestion of giving money to employers to hire welfare recipients. I am surprised at the editorial board thinking this is a good idea, but not Gruendl. Politicians and government bureaucrats propose plans to give businesses tax breaks or in this case actual cash. There must be work to perform before an employer hires someone, either producing a product or service or supporting that process.

Most politicians don”t understand the resources required, both human and financial, to maintain an employee. The employee must be trained and supervised plus the cost of taxes and insurance is not insignificant. A business does not have a meeting and say, “Well, this is a good day to hire some employees and it will help the country.” Hiring is driven by the fact that the demand for their product or service is greater than the current staffing supports.

Real meetings are more like, “We are two weeks behind in production or we cannot keep the shelves stocked. We should consider hiring someone.” Then the decision is, do we use temporary help or is the demand going to be long term enough to create a permanent position? To ask business to spend more than they receive to create a job is nonsense. At the end of the day businesses must be profitable or they will cease to exist.

— Terry W. Cleland, Chico

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