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  1. Executive Summary
  2. Counter Arguments
  3. Your Positions
  4. Conclusion

When looking at PAWA, I've come to the conclusion that the legislation is a positive for the public and generates a public good. PAWA should be supported because it helps to keep workers in high risk situations safe, it helps to preserve the environment and keep it clean for the long term, it helps to stimulate the economy, and it punishes businesses that don't follow the prescribed regulation.

This legislation directly benefits low wage high risk workers, such as immigrants, who are working in dangerous conditions. Now, instead of worrying about losing their jobs and being replaced, these workers can instead focus on their jobs and producing at an optimal level.
Previously, if these workers got hurt, they would be quickly replaced by their employers without any compensation. Now, these workers are protected by the federal government and their employers are forced to adhere to PAWA regulation or face stiff fines. PAWA helps to stimulate the economy because workers will be confident in their ability to have a steady job and to keep wages coming in.

[...] PAWA is legislation that benefits the long term sustainability of society. Conclusion Detractors who don't want to see PAWA pass will say that its expensive legislation that hurts businesses. But that's not even close to being the truth. The truth is that PAWA is strong legislation that by imposing fines and negative incentives on businesses, creates a better work environment for low skill high risk workers who comprise a large segment of the population. It also improves the economy by providing compensation for these workers, allowing them to spend money on the open market without worrying about their jobs. [...]


[...] But there is an increasing immigrant population that is performing low wage manual labor. These immigrants, mostly Latino in origin, are working in jobs such as construction and farming that require heavy labor in what can sometimes be extreme conditions (J.J. Keller & Associates). The Protecting America's Workers Act intends to help these new age high risk workers by strengthening the Occupational Safety and Health Act. PAWA will do this mainly by increasing the civil and criminal penalties for employer violations, with penalties significantly increased for worker deaths. [...]


[...] Even if businesses have to pay more money out of their own pocket, the ultimate result of a cleaner and safer environment is better for society as a whole long term. This is another way in which PAWA is a positive public good. By keeping the environment protected, this legislation helps to protect society from problematic chemicals and harsh conditions. III. Your Positions Ultimately, PAWA is a positive legislation that promotes the public good. It's legislation that helps both the economy and the environment, while protecting workers from dangerous accidents on the job. [...]


[...] The economy relies on the working class spending their money. People will only spend money if they feel secure in their jobs. When the working class is facing dangerous work conditions without injury compensation, they will save their money and not spend it on the open market. And when these individuals do get injured, they won't have any money to spend at all. PAWA protects workers and gives them a safety net to fall back on, allowing them to spend their money freely without worrying about getting replaced after getting injured. [...]

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