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The Associated Press is running a story on Republican Senatorial candidate, and successful businessman Ron Johnson that is critical of his employing prison inmates. Following are excerpts from the AP article.
MADISON, Wis. —
Republican Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who has campaigned against government subsidies to business, employs up to nine prison inmates at his plastics factories whose health care costs are paid by the state, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
Johnson, a political newcomer challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, is running as a businessman and job creator who opposes subsidies as government interference in the free market. He holds a slight lead in the race, according to recent polls.
Public records show that Pacur Inc. and Dynamic Drinkware LLC, two companies run by Johnson, employ up to nine inmates at a time through a state Corrections Department jobs program.
Johnson's companies offer private health insurance to the regular employees at the Oshkosh factories. But Melissa Roberts, an executive assistant with the Corrections Department, said the companies don't have to cover the inmate workers. "The benefit is that they don't have to pay health benefits," she said.
The Johnson campaign said the candidate was not available to comment Friday because he was preparing for his debate later that evening with Feingold. But campaign spokeswoman Sara Sendek said his companies hire inmates as a public service.The government (Democratic) media complex attack on Johnson who is challenging Democrat Russ Feingold is apparently motivated by the candidates business not having to cover the cost of insurance of the employed prison inmates.
The work release program allows for prison inmates to be employed in productive work and they must receive wages comparable to other employees working in his firm.
Johnson is providing work for these individuals and helping prepare them to return to society at large. Something the progressive Russ Feingold can't even grasp apparently. Let alone having any idea on how to create employment oppurtunities.
Cross posted to Left Coast Rebel