Florence Vincent

There is evidence that over the years, "Right-toWork" laws cost the average worker and the state as a whole. The Economic Policy Institute posted a study in 2015 which said that wages in right-to-work states are roughly 3.1% lower, which works out to nearly $1,560 less per year than in states like Washington without right-to-work laws.  The rates of employer-sponsored health insurance is 2.6% lower in right-to-work states, and the rate of employer-sponsored pensions are 4.8% lower. There is also a huge difference in workplace safety in right-to-work states, with worker fatalities in construction being 34% higher in right-to-work states than in non-right-to-work states. They tried to get it on the ballot in 2015 but failed. Let's not become a right-to-work state.

Wendell Potter, author of "Nation on the Take", spent years working for Cigna Health Insurance, helping the health insurance industry fight regulations, manipulate elected officials with financial muscle, and convince Americans their system was the best we could afford. After having a 'crisis of conscience' after seeing a "Free Health Fair" at a State Fairground, where thousands of poor people were being herded into cattle stalls to see doctors and dentists for free, he quit his job.  He made headlines when he testified before the U.S. Senate, pulling back the curtain on how America’s health insurers secure massive profits at the expense of average Americans.

I have a number of friends who are pretty excited about all the change that Trump will bring. I think they are right; change is coming, I'm just not sure it's what we're expecting.

Having spent 4 years at New York Military Academy, Trump's comfortable with the military, putting 3 in his cabinet. He's also comfortable with millionaires and billionaires.

Donald Trump promised he wouldn't touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, but the Republicans plan gutting them as soon as they get to congress Jan 3rd, before you realize it's happening.

They use the words 'save' and 'reform' hoping to confuse you. By law, SS can't go bust. We pay into it every paycheck, so there is nothing to reform. (SocialSecurityWorks.org)

Your recent votes may dramatically effect your life. If you are a senior, Social Security is important as so many have no savings. Without it 40.5% of us will be in poverty, with it, only 8.8%! The Republicans and some Democrats have been trying to pock holes in it for years. With the House, Senate and Presidency in Republican hands, now is their chance to gut it. Even though it was set up as an insurance program and we've been paying into it all our working lives, they have plans for our $2.8 trillion. At the moment we get 99 cents of every dollar. They want their banking friends get much more than one penny to run it.