Sunday, April 1, 2007

Modest Proposal

Posted By on Sun, Apr 1, 2007 at 3:28 AM

State prisoners would be working in hotels, restaurants and construction sites under a proposal expected to be unveiled at the Legislature next week.

House Bill 2997, sponsored by a number of conservative Republicans, would put prisoners to work to replace illegal immigrants in the hospitality, agriculture and construction industries, among others.

“I’d rather have American citizens working these jobs than people who have no respect for the laws of this nation,” said sponsor Randy Grullen, R-Casa Bromista. “We keep hearing businesses say they need workers. This will provide those workers, at a real bargain of a price.”

Chamber of Commerce officials, who have opposed efforts to establish employer sanctions this session, appeared to be supporting the legislation, which would allow them to pay prisoners just pennies an hour.

“We welcome the opportunity to diversify the workforce,” said April Sloof, lobbyist for the Arizona League of Commerce, Industry and Quality Development Opportunities.

The striker legislation will be introduced through a bill that would have made stucco the official state plaster.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” said Grullen.

Details to follow…

Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Previously in the Range

More by Lisa Lopfor

  • A Mythic Proposition

    A 'Tucson Weekly' investigation reveals that lawmakers have a new plan for Arizona government: turning over the keys to a private corporation
    • Apr 1, 2010
  • Biz Bounty

    • Apr 1, 2008
  • More »
Today | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed
Frida al Fresco

Frida al Fresco @ Tucson Botanical Gardens

Fourth Friday of every month, 5-8 p.m. Continues through May 26

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2017: LIVE ACTION

Catch all of this year’s Oscar nominated short films on the big screen! Predict the winners and… More

@ Loft Cinema Tue., Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 25, 2 p.m. 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. The Fetching, Saucy Black Cherry Burlesque Nails its 11th Anniversary Show With Some True Elegance and Beauty (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. TUSD Suspense Continues (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Song of the Day: Billy Sedlmayr on Rolling His First Kid Joint to Grand Funk, and 'We're An American Band!' (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. 'Enemy of the People': The Phrase's Ironic and Instructive Literary History (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Get Lost in the (Buffalo) Sauce (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation