Guest Blog – Ray Hagar: We can be thankful when dumb ideas bite the dust

April 30, 2012

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Veteran RGJ reporter Ray Hagar sends dispatches on politics in Nevada. Follow Ray on Twitter @RGJRayHagar.

Note:  This is a Guest Blog, written by Reno Gazette Journal columnist Ray Hagar, and is used unedited and with his permission.  It was originally published here:  http://www.rgj.com/article/20120429/COL0605/304290049/Ray-Hagar-We-can-thankful-when-dumb-ideas-bite-dust?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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We can be thankful when dumb ideas bite the dust

Talk about dumb ideas. No wonder people in Nevada get angry with the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Until Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor had been trying to push rules that would bar most of the state’s youths from working many jobs in Nevada’s agricultural industries because they would be newly classified as hazardous.

Those jobs would include traditional teenage employment in dairy farms, cattle ranches and alfalfa fields, said Doug Busselman, executive VP of the Nevada Farm Bureau.

Under the proposal, if your mom or dad owned the farm or ranch, you could work there if you were under 18. But if you were a cousin, other relative or an unrelated young hand looking for an honest day’s work — in the tradition of what made this state great — you couldn’t.

Also, the new rules would have rejected current training programs for farm and ranch hands done through American institutions like the Future Farmers of America or the 4-H Clubs. Those would been replaced by a 90-hour federal government training course.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, had co-sponsored a bill to block the proposed youth-labor rules to be implemented. Amodei called the Department of Labor proposal “tone deaf.”

“I have to just sit there and say, ‘Come on, really?’” Amodei said. “I missed the (news) article that said young people are being exploited by the nation’s agricultural industry.”

Last Thursday, the Labor Department withdrew the proposal after “thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposed rules on small family-owned farms,” according to an email to congressional staffs.

America’s farming and ranching industries dodged a dumb bullet.

“This would be a big thing to Nevada,” Busselman said. “Not only from the standpoint of labor force but it would pose a very critical problem, for young people who want to be employed.”

 

Ned Barnett – Nevada Conservative

Ned Barnett has worked in campaigns, and as a speechwriter to candidates and elected officials, since he was the “mascot” to the local Young Republicans in 1964 (Goldwater) – he has managed media and strategy for three state-level Presidential campaigns, and worked hand-in-glove with the legendary Lee Atwater in South Carolina in the Ford Campaign.  In 2009-10, as an active Tea Party supporter, he served as both the Clark County/Las Vegas and Nevada Republican Party Communications Director.  He owns Barnett Marketing Communications in Las Vegas, and provides a full range of PR, marketing, issues-management and fund-raising services for clients in Las Vegas, around the country, and in several other countries.  He can be reached at 702-561-1167 or ned@barnettmarcom.com …


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