Most people know that the Porkland Democratics in Salem are busily working to push through a $15 minimum wage, but at a town hall meeting in Pendleton recently, a couple of legislators noted that Democratics are working on a few other things as well:
Both lawmakers railed against a list of bills pegged by Oregon industry and small business advocates as “job killers,” including a measure to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.
Other bills on the “job killers” list would increase workers’ compensation costs by nearly 5 percent, and require employers provide flexible work schedules upon employee request.
They also want to require employers to provide a minimum of seven days of paid sick leave per year, and to bar employers from asking about an applicant's criminal history until a job offer has been extended to the applicant. It's a really odd disconnect; they can't even build a functioning website, but they seem to believe that they can simply dictate conditions ranging from compensation to work schedules, and employers will go along with it all because the Democratics somehow "know what's best". Bizarre.
And hold onto your wallet; the state DMV wants to upgrade their computer systems, and we know all to well how that sort of thing works out. Their current liars' budget is a mere $90 million, which means it's certain to cost at least half a billion by the time all's said and done, and there are no guarantees that it'll function even then.
"The DMV is engaged in developing a proposal for significantly modernizing our outdated computer system," said Travis Brouwer, assistant director for public affairs at ODOT. "Our system is using archaic programming languages that no one is using anymore. We can't even get the workers that use that language anymore because they're all retiring."
So, hire someone who speaks Klingon. Oh, wait - Multnomah County tried that a few years back, and it ticked a lot of people off. Scratch that, then. Maybe they should hire some folks with interests in legacy languages, rather than kids who think they know everything. Oh, that'd probably be too hard. Too much like work. But with the state suing Oracle, it ought to be really easy to find tech contractors willing to help the DMV upgrade.
It's not analytical physics; they're not porting Fortran code into a CP/M+ operating system, after all. Though quite frankly, it might be good to stick with the legacy languages - because the number of hackers who know their way around them is dropping constantly. Many of the kids today scarcely know what a command line is; they run scripts. They'd be buffaloed by a triangle appearing onscreen along with the word: WHAT?
Welcome to the UNIX command line. It's how we used to access the Internet. In the beginning was the command line.