Are Sioux Falls businesses heeding the Warnings of Social Distancing?

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Yesterday during the mayor’s FB press conference he mentioned that a person asked him to call the place they worked and ask them to close entirely or work from home where possible. Paul reminded them he can certainly ‘suggest’ they close but does not have the authority to close them, which is true. This person mentioned they worked at a call center setting of around 400 people. I think know the place this person is talking about, because I have heard from other employees about how this call center’s management is virtually ignoring the warnings.

This business could certainly afford to have their employees work from home. They of course would have to set them all up with the equipment, but even after the virus passes, they could continue to have people work from home – it’s a call center for God’s sake! The sad part is when you work in a call center like that, and that close together, once one person gets sick, they all will get sick, and if they are worried about people not showing up to work now, just wait until the virus hits them. It’s extremely irresponsible and really lacks business sense.

I got word today that the governor’s office has had officials calling businesses throughout the state and asking them to close if they are non-essential. I think it is a good step, but I think eventually Noem will simply have to mandate it.

Odd how all these Republicans across the country are embracing socialism. It isn’t so bad after all? Is it?

What I find frustrating about all the mandatory government agency shutdowns (school, county and city) is while the rest of us are risking our health by going to work with very little help from the government so far, our tax dollars are paying many public employees to sit at home. The roles should be reversed, government should be working overtime right now making sure we are safe while the rest of us can work from home and self-quarantine. They could be assisting with setting up temporary hospitals and triage, helping to process tests or just delivering food to the elderly and poor.

I will defend the closing of schools, that is where it would spread the fastest. But I think all other local government employees should be pitching in. How can you take this time off, while we still head to work and pay taxes to pay your salaries while you are couch surfing? I’m not opposed to it, because we should all be working from home, but the hypocrisy is pretty stark.

I also think a better plan besides sending us checks would be a payroll tax of 0% over the next 6-12 months for those making under $100K a year and a drastic increase in income taxes for millionaires and billionaires, I would love to see at least a 40-60% income tax on them over the same time period. These people have become extremely wealthy off the backs of hard working middle class Americans, it’s time for them to step up and help us for once. That is not socialism folks, that’s just fairness.



8 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 03.20.20 at 7:10 pm

I’m the news today: Georgia senator sold all stock before Corona virus. Her husband is NYSE chairman.

At this point I fear revolution. No demonstrations because of crowd gathering fear. There could be rob from the rich to buy milk for the baby. I don’t think the rich will get away with pilfering from the poor this time. Transfer of assets will transpire with lots of rich applying for citizenship in Russia.

#2 Wake me up when this is all overwith.... on 03.20.20 at 10:37 pm

Welcome to the regressive tax paradox. If we close businesses, then sales tax revenues will shrivel up.

Too bad we don’t have an income tax, huh? Where we could still tax workers, who are getting paid while not working, or working at home.

I guess our conservative politicians never thought about the viral vulnerability of sales taxes, huh?

Well, here we are. While sales tax revenues decline, we certainly can’t closed the casinos, can we? Else, an other tax source would be lost. So what is a guy and gal to do, but go to a casino and ignore the social distancing recommendations and support your state. Plus, soon there will be checks in the mail to help plug the machines even more.

What a fun paradox, for a while.

( and Woodstock adds: “I say fxxk our founding fathers, fxxk the electoral college, and fxxk Facebook”…. “And that damn Putin, I tell you, so help me…..” )

#3 “Name in quotes for no reason” on 03.20.20 at 11:57 pm

You had me until the 40-60% tax suggestion. Never happen. People making that much are typically pretty smart individuals, all that would do is force them to show less income on paper so they don’t have to pay anything. Bad idea. While I am far from making that much, it’s ignorant to think a 60% tax rate is “fair” to anyone.

#4 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.21.20 at 9:56 am

Say Unstable Genius, I mean “NIQFNR,” Republican president Eisenhower never had a problem with a 90% tax rate back in the 1950s…. #ILikeIke

#5 scott on 03.21.20 at 10:17 am

regarding call centers, this is a problem at all of them most likely. it is at the one i work at. there is also no cleaning done whatsoever. wake me up is also right regarding video lottery. if the state were serious about this, they would shut the machines off. if both hospitals haven’t moved their off sight office staffs to working from home, then that should almost be a criminal act. if anyone has the money to do it it’s them. but alas, the city and state will never question them or first premier.

#6 "Woodstock" on 03.21.20 at 12:38 pm

“Say, is it too late to replace Biden with Dr. Anthony Fauci?”… “Fauci’s only a year older”… “And I see that President Cuomo had a really informative press conference this morning, too”….

#7 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.21.20 at 12:45 pm

I just woke-up from a Van Winkle moment. Just how long has this virus thing been going on, and when did Mario Cuomo’s son become the POTUS?

#8 scott on 03.21.20 at 3:35 pm

here’s a question for theresa. if the city and state won’t close bars and restaurants, can the city suspend their liquor and beer/wine licenses or video lottery licenses?

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