Paid time off to get vaccines?

This is from a White House Fact Sheet:

“Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, a paid leave tax credit will offset the cost for businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 500 employees for up to 80 hours (i.e. 10 work days) up to $511 per day of paid sick leave offered between April 1 and September 30, 2021. This tax credit will allow these employers to provide paid leave for employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination and for any time their employees may need to recover from that vaccination at no cost to the employer. ” Here’s the link:

The tax credit can also be taken by self-employed people on their income tax return.

Wait, there is more in the Fact Sheet:

“Building on today’s IRS release and the American Rescue Plan’s provisions, the Administration is committed to expanding paid leave more generally. That’s why the tax credit in the American Rescue Plan will enable employers with fewer than 500 employees to claim up to $17,110 for 14 weeks of paid leave for each impacted employee not only to get vaccinated, but also to take time off if they have COVID-19 symptoms and are going to the doctor; are getting tested for COVID-19; are under quarantine or isolation order by the government or a doctor (or are caring for someone who is); or have to care for a child whose school or child care provider closed, due to COVID-19.”

If a company with less than 500 employees already provides paid family leave will they get the credit? How will they prevent fraud and abuse by small employers and self-employed individuals?

It is hard for be to believe that the President has this power. It just doesn’t seem right. It seems out of control.

Highway message signs – a waste of taxpayer money and unsafe!

Why do we have Iowa Department of Transportation employees taking their expensive time trying to come up with entertaining “quips” for the 74 message signs on our interstate highways.  (See link below to Des Moines Register article, 10/6/2015 “Life-saving messages fuel roadside quips”) There has been much talk in the Iowa Legislature about whether or not we should have laws or regulations to reduce driving while distracted.  And yet, ironically, our own Iowa DOT has created a significant distraction.  I have not yet once seen a message on the signs on I-235 that would actually help reduce accidents or improve safety.  It may be nice, but it surely is not necessary to know how many minutes it takes to get to downtown or the west side.  We might save money and lives if we just take them down.


LInk to Register article: