Times Union: LETTERS: ‘Law Detractors can cause harm’
It is extremely disturbing that it is has come to light that a recent report issued by SUNY’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government was in truth an $82,000 bought-and-paid-for criticism of the Scaffold Law (“Backtrack in Scaffold Law debate,” May 1).
This report drew conclusions by using a flawed methodology and was based on questionable and incomplete data, which now even the institute director acknowledges. Putting aside the process of how such a thing could happen, the fact that the funders would go to such lengths to further their own cause shows where their real interests lie.
These “reformers” will spend any amount of money and say anything, whether true, to repeal this law. Why? Their real interest is increasing the profits of the insurance companies and big businesses they represent. They may claim otherwise, but the lengths they will go to show that, to them, this has never been about worker safety, creating jobs, helping small business or saving taxpayer dollars. This is only about self-interest, at any expense.
I hope our leaders in the Capitol will see through the suffocating smokescreen manufactured by the reformers and continue to defend this safety law and, in turn, the lives of workers.
- Mary Sullivan, Albany, President of the Capital District Area Labor Federation, http://www.cdalf.org
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