At an event put on by Don’t Shoot Portland, the city’s #Ferguson protest meme, Mayor Charlie Hales announced that the city has “banned the box” for hiring city employees, referring to the part on a job application where an employers asks the applicant if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime. This is part of a larger “Ban The Box” movement, which hopes to make that into a law that applies to the private sector as well.
This means a business owner will be legally barred from asking an applicant if they’re a felon. The business won’t know if their employees are child molesters, drunk drivers, drug traffickers…
To make this even more ridiculous, Mayor Hales is also proposing a $10,000 per year tax credit to companies that hire “returning citizens”, which is apparently the new, politically correct term for an “ex offender”. That’s right, companies would get a huge tax credit for hiring felons over non felons.
Let me say that again. Businesses would get a yearly $10,000 tax credit for hiring a child molester rather than hiring someone who’s never committed a crime.
Here’s the video of this announcement, via Daylight Disinfectant.