WSJ opinion-maker: Democrats bowing to Calif. tribes
Monday, September 8, 2003

"Liberal lawmakers, fearing that a Republican might win the governor's mansion, are scrambling to pass as many bills as Gov. Gray Davis can sign before the recall. One bill would give Indian tribes the power to stop development on private land within five miles of a sacred tribal site; the potential for abusive shakedowns of developers should be obvious to anyone.

The worst idea before the Legislature is Senate Bill 2, written by John Burton of San Francisco, the liberal president of the state Senate. It would compel businesses with more than 20 workers to pay almost all health insurance costs for employees--even part-time workers--and their dependents. Companies would have to pay at least 95% of health-care costs for low-income workers, and 80% for everyone else.

The real beneficiary of the bill may not be the unions, but rather the Indian tribes."

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