The Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for the past two years was 0.0%. The COLA legislation was passed in 1973 to ensure that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits would keep pace with inflation. Many other entitlements plus private- and public-sector employee salaries and benefits have become attached to the annual COLA computation. Every organization that uses the federal computation for a COLA has not adjusted salaries automatically. With unemployment running at 8.7%, most workers are just grateful to have a job.
The campaign by casino owners before the state’s smoking ban went into effect was the ban, if passed, would seriously hurt one of the state’s revenue sources. It’s been six months since the ban became law and the video lottery revenue is down more than 17 percent from the corresponding time a year ago. Because of the loss in lottery revenue in those six months, should some changes be made in the smoking ban law?