Sunday, January 30, 2005

Governor targets deadbeat parents

The first paragraph of the Chicago Tribune article sounds good.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday is expected to outline state initiatives for pursuing and collecting child support payments from deadbeat parents in his State of the State address.

But then the article explains:

But up to one-third of the state's employers are not reporting new hires, likely because they do not know about the rule, said officials with the Illinois Department of Public Aid.

To remedy that, aides said Blagojevich would introduce a toll-free hot line for employers to get information and clarification about the law.

Doesn't it seem like there should be a system for the state to actively get information to employers? If there's a court ruling or the Department of Labor changes policy shouldn't there be the infrastructure to contact all employers?

Blagojevich's solution seems like he's trying to appear to being acting on the issue without actually devoting the resources to have much effect. Blagojevich is acting on the politics of the issue, but not the policy of it.


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