AM Update: Funeral for Fallen Officer, Ron Paul's Texas Tour, Wal-Mart and Workers Compensation
Funeral for Slain Officer
The public is invited to salute fallen Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron.
Padron was shot to death on Friday while responding to a call at a North Austin Wal-Mart.
Visitation is tomorrow from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home at 6100 North Lamar Blvd. The funeral will be held this Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Shoreline Church on Burnet Road. Austin Cops for Charities, a local group that provides aid and support for the family of Austin officers, has created a donation fund for Padron’s family.
Padron is the first APD Officer killed in the line of duty since 2004.
The man accused in his death—Brandon Montgomery Daniel—is facing a charge of capital murder.
Ron Paul to Tour Texas
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul begins a three-day campaign tour of Texas tomorrow.
Paul’s visit to the Lone Star State is being organized by “Youth for Ron Paul,” a group that attempts to boost youth involvement in Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign.
Registration for the events is free and open to the public.
Wal-Mart and Workers Comp
Wal-Mart’s recent switch from a state-governed workers compensation system to a privatized one has caused a swirl of controversy in Texas.
Texas, according to an article by the Texas Tribune, differs greatly from the rest of the country when it comes to workers’ compensation:
Texas is the only state in the country that allows employers of any size to decline to carry state-regulated workers’ compensation coverage. Businesses administer their own injury benefit programs, reaping big cost savings in exchange for exposing themselves to heightened liability risks.
Some opponents like Rick Levy, a lobbyist for the AFL-CIO see the privatization of worker’s compensation as a “real threat” to the state’s system. Others claim that under a private firm, companies like Wal-Mart can provide significantly less coverage for their workers.
But some proponents claim that the move will allow Wal-Mart and similar companies to create a balance between benefits and employee responsibility.