Columns by Mary Ellen Klas in Bloomberg Opinion and Exclusive stories in the Miami Herald

Exploiting Kids Isn’t the Way to Fix the Labor Shortage

School will be out soon, and for many teenagers that means it’s time to get a job. But there’s a new hitch: More teens will be recruited for adult jobs and work longer hours and in more dangerous conditions because several states have weakened their child labor laws. It’s a brutal and short-sighted attempt to deal with one of the tightest labor markets on record, and it offers an ugly window into the inherent prejudices in the labor market.

DeSantis’ Immigration Stunt Didn’t Go Entirely as Planned

Whatever happened to the 49 migrants who were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022? Pawns in an elaborate scheme to elevate the anti-immigrant bonafides of the ambitious governor, it seemed as if they had landed among the forgotten souls sidelined by the media’s short memory. But last month, in what may go down as one of the greatest ironies of political theater in recent memory, the US government quietly gave eight of them special legal protection.

Going It Alone Isn't a Covid Strategy. Just Ask Florida

As we mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s past time the federal government require uniform public health data and transparency standards at the state level — both to reestablish public trust and to avoid the dangerous spread of misinformation during the next deadly outbreak. One of the enduring lessons of the pandemic is that politics reigned over public health and no state better demonstrates that than Florida.
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