The case for workers’ comp reform

In my column this morning, I review the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 50-state study of employment costs. Washington ranks in the third tier of states, those with poor employment policies and high costs. (Emily notes here that the chamber’s data are a couple of years old. We’d look worse now.)

Jason Hagey at Olympia Business Watch notes another oddity about labor’s opposition to voluntary settlements. In Oregon, which has had great success with its workers’ comp reform, union leaders backed the lump-sum option.