National Editor Tom Karst
National Editor Tom Karst

What are the benefits of a second term for President Obama? What are the drawbacks for the produce industry?

That's the question I asked the Fresh Produce Indsutry Discussion Group. One early comment on the question pointed to immigration reform. As one member said, finally winning immigration reform may be a double-edged sword.

From the comment:

Here is one question I have: if immigration reform passes, making 20 million illegals into US citizens with a stroke of the pen, will growers lose the advantage of employing (no longer) illegal immigrants? Will labor laws now require that the new citizens be paid wages and benefits that increase the costs to growers over the current arrangement? Then what?

 

Also, I'm curious about what reader think about "Obamacare." How significant is the impact of the health care law on industry costs and competitiveness?

Check out this National Review story called "The Obamacare layoffs begin" and chime in.