Fare Pay Initiative Freedoms

Fare Pay

Business/Employment Reform Initiative

Freedom of Employment is Foundational Freedom!

 

The Primary Method shall be Fare Court guiding

 the Electoral Conscience!

 

Business/Employment Reform Initiative Fare Pay Provisions:

 

Fare Pay shall be administered and enforced by the proper authorities as stated further on in this Initiative.  Once enacted, the BRI shall provide anyone with a job who can and will work in a civil and constructive manner, either with one employer or another: a reformed economic partnership between all involved parties.

 

Provision A: Collection and Distribution of Fare Pay Funds

 

Section A1. 

Sub Section I. 

  1.     Based upon gross revenue alone, of both private and public operations, whether for-profit or non-profit, a total contribution of 20% shall be a mandatory fee/tax paid into the Fare Pay Fund.   The practical applications of this 20% fee/tax are more fully defined and delineated in Provision B below; actual expression for the number of Fare Pay workers per specific amounts to gross revenue is defined in Section B3 of Provision B below as well.   Fare Pay funds shall be used for no purpose other than Fare Pay full or part-time wages.
Section A2.  

Sub Section I.

  1.     Ninety (90) days prior to the Fare Pay start date, which shall be no later than ninety (90) days after its enactment, Fare Pay fee/tax funds shall be paid into the fund established by the California State Treasurer for that sole purpose and collected by the California State Franchise Tax Board — enforced by existing tax collection laws which are appropriate.  They shall in turn have authority to disperse those funds to the proper agencies according to regulations established by this BRI: the Business/Employment Reform Initiative.
  2.     Except as stated in Section A4, Sub-Section I. paragraph 1., the budgets of these two respective agencies shall be increased as needed only by current budgetary means and not directly from the Fare Pay fee/tax fund, nor by any administrative or set aside type fees; also, if necessary, in the professional judgment of these two respective agencies, they may charge the agencies receiving Fare Pay distributions a surcharge of no more than 2% — this surcharge can only be changed by electoral, legal and legislative means; they may also directly collect fines under current law for the enforcement of this Initiative.  The 2% surcharge is in lieu of the $2.00 per $20.00 formula to administer and maintain individual Fare Pay worker accounts; the 2% surcharge is intended as an inter-agency and inter-organizational offset.

Section A3. 

Sub Section I.  

  1.     The California Employment and Development Department shall have authority to directly disperse Fare Pay salaries to Fare Pay employees themselves or to those governing bodies to which they have delegated such authority; and EDD shall enforce the proper use of Fare Pay funds with primary focus upon that in cooperation with the California State Franchise Tax Board.
  2.     Employment laws currently in place shall be aligned as needed with the scope of this BRI or be realigned through electoral initiative, judicial or legislative means.   Appropriate current laws regarding unemployment insurance shall be adjusted by EDD, as needed, for those who are not placed in Fare Pay jobs or reemployed at some other level within thirty days.  Unemployment insurance premiums shall remain in place until such time as this BRI makes said premiums no longer necessary.  Judicial, legislative or the Electoral Conscience shall decide this if EDD is unable to do so.
  3.      In the absence of any kind of severance pay for a given laid-off worker, EDD — at their own discretion — may provide only a part-time equivalent of the Fare Pay net amount of $200.00 weekly for that aforementioned thirty days unless EDD’s realigned unemployment insurance and/or policies can come into play to alleviate this problem.   This temporary Fare Pay-like assistance shall be no longer than thirty days, and begin no later than one week after the last pay check is received by the worker in question.
  4.     EDD shall also have authority to promote job placement at any time they can, just as they have and will continue to do so during the regular course of their duties after BRI enactment — this shall apply to both Fare Pay and non-Fare Pay employment opportunities.   Any such changes may be challenged through the final authority of the Electoral Conscience as stated within the Fare Court Initiative (PDI).  

Sub Section II.

  1.     The aforementioned agencies and/or governing bodies will have authority to enforce Fare Pay regulations through employer or employee denial of Fare Pay participation, fines and/or reassignment — adjudication, in its various forms, will be handled by existing and evolving legal apparatus or courts of law.

Sub Section III. 

  1.    The 20% fee/tax contributions, or its equivalent regardless of income level, from all employers, for Fare Pay funds shall be assessed and collected monthly as a type of withholding by California State Franchise Tax Board.   In light of current and modified state and federal tax law, and to encourage and reinforce employer participation, and at a date no longer than 90 days after Fare Way has been enacted, the Electoral Conscience or legislature will enforce allowing employers to receive a full tax credit for their Fare Pay contributions at the California State level; but obviously, current federal tax law will still apply until such time as it is modified by the proper authorities.   In consideration the massive potential increase in state tax revenues, and therefore the massive benefits to all of The People, enforcement by the Electoral Conscience and the legislature must be enshrined within the Fare Way Initiatives as solid, virtually immutable, law.

  2.    This type of withholding shall be done by the end of the first week of the following month and shall be placed within the California State Treasury Fare Pay Fund and made available as soon as possible, first to the EDD agency as stated, and then dispersed and/or transferred  to all authorized and involved agencies on an “as needed basis”.   All of the mentioned and specified agencies shall have authority to investigate the proper accounting and use of said funds.

Section A4.
Sub Section I. 
  1.     Accounting costs of 10% shall be deducted from the daily Fare Pay $20.00 set aside or its equivalent percentage, leaving the remainder solely for individual worker accounts.  The California State Franchise Tax Board shall have legal authority to oversee the disbursement of this ten percent from the State Treasury Fare Pay Fund to the authorized local and state agencies who shall administer those Fare Pay account administrative obligations; all involved agencies shall enforce the same rules stated throughout this Initiative.  After enactment, further negotiations shall be subject as needed to either electoral, judicial or legislative approval — but, the Electoral Conscience shall retain majority power if moved to do so by socio-economic elements and/or interests within The Body Politic of the People.

Section A5. 

Sub Section I.

  1.     This 10% ($2.00) of the daily per worker Fare Pay $20/00 set aside shall be directly added to EDD’s, or a local level agency’s budget to off set the cost of administering the Fare Pay Program, and at such time as Fare Learning comes into being. 

Sub Section II.  

  1.     EDD’s or a local level agency’s current budget shall not be lessened as a result of this   $2.00 per $20.00  per employee budgetary addition except as may be determined either by electoral or legislative approval.

Sub Section III. 

  1.     Along with the regular fee/tax disbursements, the California State Franchise Tax Board shall distribute this $2.00 per employee proportionately to EDD, city, county and other government agencies, including themselves, according to the number of allowed Fare Pay work force employees in their areas of  mission to defray distribution expenses; and, shall be added to, but separate from, funds to be used solely for the purpose of the Fare Pay $10.00 per hour Base Line Salary and the remaining Fare Pay benefit of up to $18.00 per 8 hours of work.

Section A6. 

Sub Section I. 

  1.     EDD, and their authorized subsidiaries, shall distribute the Fare Pay  $10.00 per hour Base Line Salary to be Paid directly to all qualified Fare Pay workers on a weekly basis according to the number of hours worked, up to forty hours per week, in the most efficient manner of their own design.  EDD shall have authority to approve or reject any lower level distribution plan and reach agreement through negotiation to promote efficiency.

Sub Section II.

  1.     Also, this distribution process will be aided by local governmental finance departments at EDD’s authority and direction; they may also enlist private and financial institutions willing to participate under EDD’s authority and direction according to all Fare Pay related regulations and EDD allocated $2.00 per worker administrating funds.  Such private and financial institutions shall be defined as employment agencies, financial organizations and unions, etc.

Sub Section III.

  1.     Again, the State Treasurer and related departments shall oversee with legal authority the funding requirements for costs of accounting and distribution in all those said areas.

Provision B: Balanced Funding of Fare Pay

 

Introduction for Funding Justification and Mechanisms.

 

It is important to point out at the beginning of this Balanced Funding Provision — within both fee/tax supported Initiatives for education and employment reforms — that the following funding justifications and mechanisms are illustrative overviews and yet are detailed in specific  ways to establish long term effective and efficient funding foundations.  Therefore, be it recognized that any number values being used here are only temporary or transitory, for those number values will change or evolve, increasing exponentially as they inevitably will with the maturing of a Free Market guiding the evolution of Economic Freedom!

 

Sub Section I.

 

  1.     If it were based upon California’s 2014 GDP/GSP of 2.3 trillion dollars alone, a 20% fee/tax of that amount would be 460 billion dollars; non-profits account for roughly 5.4% of total state GDP or GSP, so they cannot be counted beyond that 5.4% in this equation.  As a point of reference, they do account for 264.9 billion dollars in total revenue for 2013 — 20% of which would be added to fee/tax funding pool.  It is very important to remember that the Fare Way fee/tax will be based on more than just GDP alone, it will also be based on what is not included here regarding California’s GDP. 
  2.     At this writing, the total for wages within California was $933,384,951,700, with a  civilian work force of approximately 19,000,000.  So, a projection of 20% at that amount is a starting point  of not only a fee/tax base, but also those numbers alone are proactively illustrative at that level, with this exception: they will change upward immediately upon the fully aligned Powers Reform, also known as, Fare Way, enactment; and, as gross income increases over time, it will directly increase the availability of Fare Learning Tuition at the appropriate time.

  3.     Combined Local and State gross revenue for California is 446.9 billion dollars, of which roughly 269  billion dollars are  paid in local and state government salaries.  Other benefits are not included in this estimate nor in the estimates above. 

  4.     The  illustrative number overviews above, in this Balanced Funding  introduction, are more than useful to lay funding groundwork and its foundation.  However, the most accurate and effective funding mechanism for the purposes of  funding the Fare Way Initiatives will be the salary percentage from the total of gross revenue of all for-profit and non-profit organizations within California.    

  5.     So, at the point of this writing, the best possible funding amount would be determined by the following equation: The sum total of sub-paragraphs 1 and 3 is: 2.897 trillion dollars, of which we take the average organizational paid salary percentage of 60%, that results in: 1.738 trillion dollars, then taking a conservative 34% (roughly 1/3) of that number, results in: 590.9 billion dollars — this final number will be the beginning Base Line Funding amount for first Fare Pay; and then after full employment, Fare Learning Tuition.   

  6.     It must be stated at this point that there will also be other sources of gross revenue that are not utilized because they cannot be fully identified for the purposes here.  Both of the Fare Way initiatives will in fact increase gross revenue across the entire Market Spectrum once this newly added infusion of direct and indirect income are acted upon permanently. 

  7.     At this writing, average annual salary within California is estimated at $52,000.  Since one half of this amount is below $52,000, roughly 45% of that $52,000, or 90% of the lesser average, will fall within the boundaries of Fare Pay becoming an additional or primary source of Base Line worker income, therefore building a reliable and stable economic foundation for all workers, taking Income Opportunity from aspiration to material reality.

  8.     In order to compensate for the possible subtraction which may occur at the various stages of full Fare Way funding, Fare Court will be available as a controlling pressure release and/or safety valve in that regard.  While this will be but one major function of this extremely important Initiative, this additional use also serves to point out Fare Court’s  many roles in dealing with any socio-economic issue; so, in addition, it will be indispensable in this role as a funding mechanism and moderating influence.

  9.     All income producing operations must participate — the Electoral Conscience, via Fare Court, will much better be able to enforce that — and in all probability will create more  wealth for more than enough in contributions for the successful consummation of these Initiatives.

Section B1: 

Sub Section I.

  1.     Funding of Fare Pay will be based upon the mandatory employer Fare Pay fee/tax of 20% on $2,000.00 or more in weekly generated gross revenue.  This funding rule will apply whether the income producing operation is headquartered in California or not; put another way, only the income generated within California shall be subjected to the fee/tax for the funding of Fare Pay.  California is uniquely positioned as an economic juggernaut and will actually prosper more so in the near future based upon this funding mechanism.
  2.     Funding of direct Fare Pay  employment shall have priority over Fare Learning funding.  Particularly in the early days of going into effect, full employment must have first call to fee/tax revenue accounts over the demands of STEM based education — many Fare Pay jobs will have technical training as a matter of course because such employment linked training already exists and will continue according to the interest and needs of a given employee and employer.

Sub Section II.

  1.     Any funds from state coffers or treasury used to fund the Fare Pay programs shall be considered an interest free loan and be repaid back into the State Treasury within two fiscal years.  However, if it is clear that a deficit is developing after that full two fiscal year period, then either a cut back of Fare Pay work hours or an expansion of debt free Fare Pay funding shall have to take place by means of electoral or legislative action; any such legislative action shall remain subject to electoral initiative review — aka, the Electoral Conscience.

Section B2: 

Sub Section I. 

  1.     The foundational Fare Pay Salary formula will be as follows: One work hour= $10.00; One work day of 8 hours= $80.00; One work week of 40 hours= $400.00.  Fare Pay shall not exceed 40 hours in any given work week; beyond that, some benefit or overtime must come from the employer directly.  Multiples of Fare Pay rates will vary according to EDD verified length of actual work hours in service to or with a certified for-profit or non-profit employer.  Any employer, solely at their choice and cost, may offer any number of additional incentives to encourage and maintain the employer and employee relationship — any such cash incentives shall be subject to the provisions of this BRI; but, non-cash incentives shall have no penalty to employee or employer.

Sub Section II.

  1.     Except for those mandated by federal law there shall be no deductions from these rates —employers may pay these federal deductions as a discretionary benefit with no affect upon an employee’s overall Fare Pay income limitation— and the Fare Pay amounts shall be considered net income or take home pay at the local or state level.  

Sub Section III.

  1.     Divided by proportional work hours, and based only up to the total daily amount of $20.00 for every $100.00 of Fare Pay fee/tax  contributed per worker per day.   The remaining set aside amount of $18.00 — after the $2.00 per $20.00 deduction –shall be used only for each worker’s individual, permanently and personally owned account for retirement and sickleave/vacation time: divided by two or some other division decided by the account owner — though, no less than one half of this $18.00 can be applied to retirement.  The worker will have a choice on who may maintain this personally owned account.  Should a worker not make such a choice, then the California State Treasury shall maintain said accounts in a plan of their own design and use a  small surcharge fee of no more than three percent to cover their related accounting costs; this 3% surcharge shall not exceed $300.00 per annum in total — this same 3% formula rule shall also apply to all other such surcharges, except for the $2.00 per $20.00 administration fee.  

  2.     Retirement funds shall not be dispersed until the age of 55; those at that age of 55 or older who are still working within Fare Pay — and all of this applies only to Fare Pay employees — shall not be able to use said funds until they choose to retire.   The preceding rules in boldface shall not apply to sickleave/vacation time as their obvious purpose shall be taken at face value.   After retirement, the retiree shall have these choices: any unused funds can be applied to their savings ;or, depending on the type of their retirement plan, that individual shall be able to draw from their retirement plan according to their contractual agreements — either immediately or postponed to a later date — as they see fit; and to clarify, any unused sickleave/vacation time shall be paid directly to the individual or to the retirement plan of their choice as stated above.

Sub Section IV. 
  1.     This accounting fee of no more than 10% per that daily $20.00 amount will only pay for the  accounting and dispersing services necessary for each employee/worker to receive their Fare Pay.  Any accounting fee surplus resulting from efficient handling of these funds shall be kept by the administering agency, but those surplus funds must remain for use only for further accounting and dispersing services such as: additional equipment and/or personnel.
  2.     The 20% =set aside will also serve as a variation of state income tax withholding, but  no one will receive a state tax refund as a result of this variation of mandatory withholding.  This shall apply only to the Fare Pay fee/tax schedule, having no affect upon existing or regular federal income or state sales tax.

Section B3:  

Sub Section I. 

  1.    These Baseline employment rules for the 20% fee/tax contribution shall apply: Two Fare Pay workers for every $5,000.00 in gross revenue up to $50,000.00 in weekly gross revenue — it must be noted that regardless of gross revenue above the  $50,000.00 mark, an operation will still be able to employ the same amount of workers below the $50,000.00 mark.

Sub Section II. 

  1.     Below the $5,000.00 mark in weekly revenue, a small business which is certified by EDD and federally, locally or state licensed as required by law shall be able to employ one full-time Fare Pay worker or two part-time workers regardless of meeting the $5,000.00 mark as long as they generate legitimate revenue, which shall be subject to the terms stated in Section B6, Sub Section I, paragraph 1.

  2.     At the level below the fifty thousand dollar mark of any operation, they shall be able to employ two full-time — or, a number of part-time Fare Pay workers at the equivalent of that income —  per five thousand dollars of that operation’s specified financial size.

  3.     At the level above $50,000.00, this rule shall change to one full-time or the equivalent part-time Fare Pay worker for every $10,000.00 in weekly gross revenue.  The 20%  fee/tax contribution rate shall still apply regardless of the amount of gross revenue: the accumulated excess funds derived from this level above $50,000.00, shall be used solely for the purposes of employment for the General Welfare.  Daily or weekly fluctuations in revenue aside, it will ultimately depend upon annual gross revenue generated, but will still be based upon this basic weekly employment formula in any event.

Section B4: 

Sub Section I. 

  1.     Enactment of Fare Pay will have no effect upon federal withholding, disability insurance, unemployment insurance or welfare of any kind, and these programs will of course remain in place until such time that reforms are enacted at the federal or  state level via initiative or legislative means.  

Sub Section II. 

  1.     As stated above, employers may voluntarily, and/or as an additional benefit,  pay any of these employee related supplemental and/or taxation costs without penalty or reduction in the employee’s overall Fare Pay income nor affect its related income limitations. 

Sub Section III.

  1.     There shall be no penalty of any kind in regard to co-habitation, marriage or any “roommate” type of situation, meaning:  living arrangements shall have no affect upon Fare Pay accounts or amount of their Baseline Salary.  Again, any employer may offer additional, penalty-free material support to an employee for household support and/or other personally domestic related costs or expenses: this support may express itself in ways to counter household loss or strengthening via material support that is non-cash in nature — this shall remain solely at the employer’s discretion.

Sub Section IV. 

  1.     Fare Pay employment rules will have no effect upon Federal regulations except as permitted through the lawful authority of federal agencies, judicial or legislative bodies.

Section B5:  

Sub Section I. 

  1.     The Fare Pay fee/tax funding schedules shall remain in place regardless of gross revenue amounts generated by any private or public income producing operation officially certified and declared as for-profit or non-profit by the governing authorities, and if necessary, electoral initiative measures  — any private or public income producing operation who violate the terms of Fare Way can be fined up to an additional 10% of their gross income after adjudication by lawful authorities based upon the Provisions herein and any applicable laws.

Sub Section II.

  1.     Fare Pay shall have no effect on the following: current compensation, retirement and savings plans will still remain in place for non-Fare Pay employees, management and owners  because they will be subject to the market forces of competition in more direct ways than Fare Pay workers — this preceding statement is declared as an essential part of this Reform.  It also means that Fare Pay workers who may have been receiving cash pay out benefits or pay prior to the Fare Pay change-over can continue to do so based on agreements between them and their employer; this will be subject of course to Provisions which define allowable Fare Pay income inclusions.

Sub Section III. 

  1.     Fare Pay Amounts shall not be adjusted for deflation or inflation by any authority except by electoral initiative means only; nor shall any part or provision of this Initiative be altered or changed by any authority except by electoral initiative means as well.  That authority, and the means to enforce it, shall also be known as: The Electoral Conscience. 

Section B6: 

Sub Section I. 

  1.     The 20% Fare Pay Tax shall begin at the amount of $2,000 in weekly gross income by increments of $20.00 per $100.00 above the aforementioned $2,000 until the 20% mark of $1,000.00 is reached at $5,000.00.  The beginning  amount of $2,000  shall apply to so called small operations only, whereas, defined larger operations shall pay the 20% on the entire amount below $5,000.00.  This shall be the rule for any local and/or state certified for-profit or non-profit private or public business operation.

Sub Section II. 

  1.     Thereafter, at levels of gross revenue below the first $50,000.00 in weekly gross income, this Section rule shall apply: for every $1,000.00  in weekly gross income, 20% will be contributed from every employer which will finance $80.00 in Fare Pay Wages and  $20.00 for Fare Pay related benefits on a daily  basis — or weekly, if that is the extent of gross income.  In other words, 80% for salary and 20% for benefits and distribution fees.  This 20% of the aforementioned $1,000.00 will fund two Fare Pay workers for one 8 hour shift or some part time variation thereof for more than two workers by mutual agreement between employer(s) and employee(s).

Sub Section III.  

  1.     Regardless of Fare Pay fee/tax levels, an employer may personally pay more without penalty of any sort to themselves or their workers in order to encourage and reward a full or part time employee; this will of course be subject to the income rules within Fare Way.

Sub Section IV

  1.     There shall be no prohibition against any employer  offering  any kind of Fare Pay  based or regular employee encouragement or incentive benefit over and above Fare Pay and or regular employment.  This shall include funds for experimental equipment and/or supplies given to a Fare Pay salaried employee engaging in either applied and basic research or for-profit production just as is the case with “regular” researchers.  In addition, the employee or the employer shall not be penalized for offering a negotiated share of profit as a result of production and/or research until such time as the Fare Pay employee reaches the Fare Pay income limits.  In direct connection as well, employers may individually offer, and employees may individually buy, either profit shares or stocks in addition to any level of Fare Pay  based salary; and, this benefit shall remain for employees outside of Fare Pay’s purview.

Sub Section V.  

  1.     It is declared, encouraged and recognized that all, and/or any employer, will need to offer types of additional employee enhancements and/or direct material incentives to remain competitive; therefore, such employee enhancements must be legally encouraged and sanctioned only within the framework of this Initiative as stated herein.  All BRI regulations will remain in place until such time as it is altered by legislation or judicial decree, but shall remain stayed until the Electoral Conscience ultimately decides through initiative action.

Section B7:

Sub Section I.  

  1.    Starting at the $40,000.00 level, Fare Pay salary amounts shall be reduced by $1,000.00 for each $2,000.00 paid by an employer. This will allow the employee and employer to balance personal income while compensating the Fare Pay Fund for other Baseline or entry level workers.  Once reaching the $60,000.00 mark, Fare Pay will be canceled out via this income line reduction method.  Any remaining funds from the one year full time Fare Pay — or a remaining percentage thereof — shall be placed in the former Fare Pay worker’s retirement fund of their choice.

Sub Section II. 

  1.     Below the $60,000.00 mark however, this section rule shall not apply to working for another unrelated business or operation to earn either the difference itself (below the maximum Fare Pay salary formula that is) or earn the difference in some sort of direct personal income from an additional employer or self employment. 

Sub Section III. 

  1.     The same $60,000.00 level rule stated above shall not apply in cases that do not involve direct cash-like payments: child care, health care, housing, personal supplies are exempt if offered as incentives by employers.  However, any disposable income, including cash gifts, shall not be exempt from the $60,000.00 annual Fare Pay rule.  As declared or stated within this initiative, Fare Pay shall be only for workers who earn less  than $60,000.00 per year, meaning: any form of cash income adding up to that $60,000.00 per year amount.  Any and all income levels as stated within this BRI, shall only be adjusted on an as needed basis by the Electoral Conscience — an appropriate court, appropriate elected official or legislative body may call for a special election without petition to answer a given related question.

Provision C: Enforcement and Promotion

 

Section C1: 

Sub Section I.

  1.     All private or public for-profit and non-profit operations must be certified as current by the State Franchise Tax Board and possess a business license or related certificate according to existing laws governing business conduct and operation at the local and/or state level.  This shall be the rule until such time as those existing laws are changed or modified through electoral, judicial or legislative means: action or demand.  Again, the Electoral Conscience shall have final say if deemed necessary by The People.

Sub Section II. 

  1.     Current fraud laws shall apply, in regard to any aspect or part of Fare Pay, and, after enactment, shall have priority regarding prosecution of fraud cases — other fraud crimes will be adjudged of course, but the broad scope of Fare Pay will make it a primary concern for protection, therefore, prosecution of violators.  Just as important, employees and employers shall have the right to question and review Fare Pay accounts directly related to them within ten business days and demand redress, if any, within the following ten business days.  Also, electoral, judicial and legislative means shall have the legal right to call for a Fare Pay clerical system audit, and receive it within twenty business days.  Initiative and legislative means, at all levels within the state, may adjust legal remedies at any time and in effect rewrite laws pertaining to such related matters.

Sub Section III.  

  1.     Once convicted, only maximum fines and penalties for such fraud violations will be applied.  During the sentencing phase, the presiding judge’s purview will be limited to maximum fines and penalties only — those penalties will be assessed at the sitting judge’s authority allowed by current laws as needed for each individual case.  Also, that judge may interpret the sentencing guidelines as allowed by law to mean payment of fines over time depending on ability to pay and related community service over similar periods of time over incarceration depending upon the individual circumstances of each case indicating special consideration — this shall apply to Fare Way violations only.

Sub Section IV. 

  1.     Prior to the penalties stated in Section C1, Sub Section III, paragraph 1, EDD and any county or local authority shall have quasi-judicial authority to demand repayment of, or suspend payment of, Fare Pay Salary from any employee or employer who is found to be in violation of Fare Pay provisions and rules.  Thereafter, any cases of fraud or theft must be referred for disposition through either civil or criminal proceedings at the discretion of EDD and/or local governing bodies.  EDD and/or local governing bodies shall have the flexibility to allow a worker to keep receiving Fare Pay wages while repaying a fine at a percentage over time deemed as affordable by those same authorities as stated above.

Section C2:  

Sub Section I. 

  1.     Provision rules are further detailed in this section for purposes of reinforcing the broad reach of this Initiative.   Amounts above  fifty thousand dollars  in weekly gross revenue will efficiently fund and promote the further distribution of Fare Pay workers for the aid and comfort of the People: The General Welfare of Society.   Once reaching economy of scale within Fare Pay, this must be strictly enforced because the economic and emotional values of support jobs for helping those  who cannot help themselves — and helping those who help and maintain already  — is obviously an extremely important social construct that cannot be overlooked.   Also, it is important to loudly declare here and now that a fuller definition of General Welfare includes not just offering helping hands to the helpless, but providing helping hands in deeper levels of service work to the rest of society through the arts, science and technology.   All three Initiatives are anchored and linked together within The Powers Reform, and they are needed for the construction and support of this strong pillar upon Our Foundation!

Sub Section II.

  1.     EDD and/or city, county and penal agencies shall control public service and/or support job placement as needed within a given area or part of society.   The efficiency of Fare Pay funding — but only through its effective enforcement and promotion as stated herein — will address most — if not all — of the  stagnating problems which plague  socio-economic progress for the People.   The major part of effective enforcement and promotion will be to work with available funds from the stated financing of Fare Pay within this Initiative.   There will be no change of this financing method unless enacted by electoral initiative at some future date.  Until such time, EDD and/or city and county agencies may tailor public service or support jobs to meet needs dictated by mental or physical issues, or the lack thereof, through means of their own design in order to provide as many employment opportunities for the public welfare as possible and promote broad base reforms.

Section C3: 

Sub Section I. 

  1.     Extra pay, housing benefits, health care benefits, sick time and/or vacation benefits or savings  accounts similar to  current benefit or supplemental retirement plans may be added at the employers’ discretion only — employers will not be obligated to pay more than the Fare Pay administrative/benefit cost of $20.00 per $100.00.  With the presence of additional benefits and/or incentives, such employment measures will of course be a direct plus for employees, but will also be a plus for the employers’ competitive bottom line.

Sub Section  II.

  1.     As Fare Pay takes hold by reaching its economy of scale and competition for employees becomes more intense, the benefits outlined in the above Section can serve as yet one more  window for incentives to employees so as to promote competition for qualified, and therefore, valued associates or workers.   Again, this is officially recognized within this Initiative to further insure and promote Economic Freedom for both employee and employer.

Sub Section  III. 

  1.     There will be no direct limitation and/or penalty to employee or employer except as noted in the Fare Pay Salary income cap provisions.   As a reminder, non-cash benefits shall not count against Fare Pay workers’ salary.   Also in regard to benefit plans of any nature, Fare Pay salaried workers shall have the choice of management for their retirement plans as well as any kind of Initiative granted or supplemental incentive or plan — as stated, this plan management choice shall apply only to Fare Way related plans; and, shall not apply to non-Fare Pay workers except as agreed to on a voluntary basis by employees and employers.   In the absence of any kind of management choice for Fare Pay retirement like plans, then the California State Treasury Department shall have authority to either administer a plan of their own design, or delegate and oversee a plan to either a private or public financial institution providing the best possible return on  and security of said plan funds.

Section C4:

Sub Section  I. 

  1.     Accumulated excess Fare Pay funds (their source being as stated in Section B3, Sub-Section II, paragraph 3 above, and under the same provisions and rules stated in this BRI) will allow Fare Pay workers to be employed to meet  General Welfare  demands.  Those said “excess” funds from that said source shall have priority solely for use for employment supporting the General Welfare enforced by EDD and/or initiative and legislative mechanisms.   Direct Fare Pay employment paid for by employer paid fee/tax Fare Pay contributions shall have priority for their direct employees only, not those paid from “accumulated excess funds for General Welfare employment demands at EDD’s guidance.

Sub Section  II.

  1.     To foster morale and public relations — and if and when accumulated excess Fare Pay funds reach a point of sufficient surplus, meaning: above the funding levels necessary for full employment and full STEM related education — the State Treasurer may conduct a type of lottery of simple design in which 10% of the number of Fare Pay workers only may win a cash prize; this cash prize  shall be comprised of an amount of that surplus evenly divided in increments of no more than $2,000.00; and, this $2,000.00 prize shall not effect a worker’s Fare Pay salary cap in any way.   Only the State Treasurer shall have authority over this state-wide specific type of lottery and may choose to either have or not have said lottery for reasons of budgetary constraints or emergency use of said surplus funds.

Sub Section  III.

  1.     “General Welfare” demands are defined as cultural and social needs and can be listed in order of their importance as follows: Health Care, Public Safety, Child Care, Public Works and support of social activities within the arts and culture.  All of these mentioned areas shall require certification of skill level, meaning: they must be qualified through testing standards of their abilities, via monitoring from qualified experts within academia, government and industries in which such experts are gainfully employed.  These multiple General Welfare demands, administrated and monitored by EDD, may of course be changed or modified by electoral and/or legislative means if determined to be necessary.  If more funds are needed by EDD, or any related administering body, then their budgets will be adjusted accordingly by either the legislature or the Electoral Conscience; The People shall have ultimate authority to instruct or overrule their representatives as stated throughout this BRI.

Section C5: 

Sub Section  I. 

  1.     Governments must first offer Fare Pay “General Welfare” related benefits to the lowest income people and/or unemployed military veterans with income below the Fare Pay salary cap and of course with the necessary skill sets for such employment.   Since “General Welfare” hiring is managed by governments, private operations are not required to follow this General Welfare rule and can decide for themselves, in any way they pay, the needs of their own for-profit or non-profit business as they see fit, being still obligated by the same Fare Pay salary cap for any Fare Pay worker in their employ.

Sub Section  II.

  1.     Permanent residents of California, defined as: those who can legally prove to EDD, in three separate ways, they have lived in-state for at least two consistent years — shall be first in line for Fare Pay only; afterward, whether private or public, the needs of employers and society shall adjust this policy in initiative and legislative ways to promote maximum employment.  Again, veterans of all stripes shall qualify for Fare Pay, but with the amount of awarded veteran related cash benefits taken into account regarding the Fare Pay salary cap as stated within this Initiative including any form of additional or supplemental income; and, shall have priority as stated above within the lowest income workers first scenario for Fare Pay local and state government  assignments.  And yet again, the discretion of private operations according to their budget decisions shall not be infringed.

Section C6:

Sub Section  I. 

  1.     State & local agencies shall use their contributed share of the Fare Pay fee/tax in-house only — this includes employing for the “General Welfare” only within that particular agency’s purview or purpose; but, may expand outside a given agency’s or department’s purview or purpose upon specific order from a court, the governor or mayor, legislature or local governing body and of course, the final authority of the Electoral Conscience at any level.  Excluding any additional budgeted amounts or donations, it is mandatory to stay within the total amounts of Fare Pay contributions from the private and public sectors.  Those amounts at the higher levels of gross income Fare Pay fee/tax levels shall be used by governments to promote cultural and social action related to their respective agencies as indicated by the demands of public need.  Particular emphasis, not necessarily in the following order, will be upon child care, education, health care, public safety, public works, research and socio-cultural promotion of the arts — the order shall be determined by each individual agency on an as needed basis unless ordered to do otherwise as stated above.

Sub Section  II. 

  1.     Only if necessary, local and state agencies or their governing bodies shall be able to divide the Fare Pay funded work by no more than one half of full time Fare Pay salary in order to employ more people to support Fare Pay solvency.  Those said agencies or bodies shall be free to offer other benefits or pay to attract and/or keep employees as allowed by their operating budgets and mission regulations.  Private operations shall also be able to additionally hire and pay in some legal way as they see fit according to their business budget and needs.  Again, there shall be no penalty in either case for added benefits or pay for full or part-time Fare Pay workers which come from their budgets, “their own pockets” or treasuries as determined by the concerned employers.  Fare Pay workers themselves may also choose between full or part time employment by mutual agreement. 

Section C7:

Sub Section  I. 

  1.     Fare Pay, or any of its Provisions, shall not be construed or used to replace pre-enactment business choices that for-profit or non-profit employers made to reorganize or replace paid position employees as they saw fit to do according the needs of their organizations.  In regard to the post-enactment of this Initiative, employers shall retain the right to downsize or layoff in consideration of changes in their for-profit or non-profit business models — regardless of such cost cutting, all or any organizations will still pay the 20% fee/tax according to their ongoing gross income levels.
  2.     Preenactment employees, only at the level of maximum Fare Pay or less, who are affected by downsizing or layoffs shall receive a lump sum severance equal to 3 months pay, after any legally mandated deductions — though, the net amount must be equivalent to Fare Pay for that time period of three months, including Fare Pay set aside amounts.  Laid off employees will still be able to receive disability or unemployment insurance benefits as prescribed by applicable standing laws; and, any employment contracts at any income level between employees and employers must be honored and shall remain in place as agreed upon or through agreements and/or negotiated settlements to conclude any such contractual obligations.

  3.     In order to protect all workers, Pre-Fare Pay benefit and salary standards, which can be subject to established laws and regulations, shall remain in place unless adjusted on an as needed basis by the market forces of competition.  There shall be no law or provision to enforce any form of what is currently in place as “Minimum Wage” as less than Fare Pay once this Initiative is enacted within California.  Therefore, Minimum Wage shall stay in place state wide.  Areas where it is higher than Fare Pay will remain and employers must make up the difference above Fare Pay.  Workers shall have the right to “sign” off on that “difference” in lieu of some benefit of equal or higher value  to the employee; this one on one negotiation is mandatory and may be kept private at the employee’s discretion; general offers affecting more than one employee along these lines may be made public by an employer at their own discretion.

  4.     After enactment of this Initiative, employers shall  continue to retain the right to downsize or layoff in consideration of changes in their for-profit or non-profit business models.  Employees hired Post-enactment that are affected by downsizing, layoffs or termination shall receive a minimum lump sum of one month’s severance from their employer.  Upon separation, and only if applicable, Fare Pay shall immediately cease, not to resume until the next Fare Pay supported employment begins.  Benefits as prescribed by current standing laws regarding disability and unemployment insurance shall also remain in place until altered or changed by the legislature or Electoral Conscience.

  5.     In any event, there shall be no reduction in the 20% fee/tax schedule.  The state and/or  local  entities affected will of course be able to address such issues through delegated authority — and of course as before, any non-related issue as  well — and through electoral initiative, legislative action or demand.

Sub Section  II. 

  1.     Outside of Fare Pay, Minimum Wage — or any form of compensation — will be paid directly “out of pocket” at such times by employers as required by current law and as amended by this BRI.  Otherwise, there shall be no law or rule mandating any employer to obey BRI strictures.  Employers may do as they see fit outside of Fare Pay to meet the demands business markets or their business models.  It will be the employee’s responsibility who is outside of Fare Pay to negotiate the best employment deal they can get in a legal manner involving both parties: this provisional rule shall apply to both full-time or part-time employment.  Fare Pay is designed as a Baseline to encourage and foster this kind progress of upward Economic Freedom to the point that Fare Pay is no longer needed by those who have risen beyond Fare Pay income limits.  There shall be no penalty to the worker or employer for such contracts outside of Fare Pay; and, such contracts will be interpreted in whatever variable of actual hours worked, or services performed, as agreed upon.   

Sub Section  III. 

  1.     It is declared within this BRI, or its companion HRI, that any penalty or prohibition against an employee to earn more or an employer to pay more — up to the Fare Pay salary cap limits involving Fare Way — would be a violation of Economic Freedom and is therefore illegal.  Again, this same interpretation shall apply to the legal pursuit of Economic Freedom and/or Income Opportunity seemingly outside the scope of these stated Initiatives.   

    Provision D: Right of Employment and Right to Employ

     

    Section D1: 

    Sub Section  I. 

    1.     All citizens, having met residency requirements stated above in Section C5, sub-section II, paragraph 1,  shall have the Right of Employment regarding Fare Pay alone, whether full or part time work.  In light of this Right, employers shall have the Right to Employ or not to employ as they see fit according to the needs of their operation.  In addition, any employer can petition EDD for more than their level of the Fare Pay fee/tax salaried workers for emergencies or justifiable causes.  EDD shall have discretion to authorize such requests through a plan of their own design which takes into account funding above the 20% fee/tax for a given set of involved circumstances; and, EDD must negotiate with an employer for any necessary funding needed to support said action — this shall be on a temporary basis only of no longer than three months or as determined by the Electoral Conscience; or if needed, the governor or legislature in response to an emergency.  In any event, the Fare Pay fee/tax schedule shall remain the same as stated throughout this Initiative and shall only be changed through the proper channel: the 20% fee/tax amount can only be permanently altered via Electoral Conscience initiatives.

    Section D2: 

    Sub Section  I. 

    1.    Teenagers under 18 are not eligible for full time Fare Pay while still in school, but will be eligible for part time Fare Pay, up to four hours per day, at age 14.  Employers may pay more out of their own “pockets” if they wish to encourage such part time employees at the employers discretion.  All current labor and safety laws shall still apply unless adjusted or altered by the legislature or the Electoral Conscience.

    Sub Section  II. 

    1.     Emancipated teenagers under 18, or its legal equivalent, and/or those who are out of high school will be eligible for full time Fare Pay after providing sufficient proof of being finished with school or graduation if they are under 18 years of age.

    Sub Section  III. 

    1.     Again, private or public operations may pay an under age 18 employee more per hour — or as stated above, receive non-cash benefits with the only affect being upon the stated Fare Pay salary limits — only if employers so desire according to their operation’s needs as long as these said additional cash benefits fall within BRI provisions.

    Sub Section IV.
    1.     In order to aid and enhance prison reform, and regardless of age or gender, prison inmates serving their sentences — no matter the length of any sentence or type of penal facility — shall receive full Fare Pay benefits.  Having stated the preceding, penal authorities — whether city, county or state level boards and/or wardens — shall have full control over an inmates Fare Pay benefits and, may at the authority’s discretion, reward an inmate a percentage of the monthly amount for good behavior; these “rewards” shall be placed within an in-house account avoiding direct cash payments.  Overall, these additional Fare Pay funds shall be used for inmates to help pay their own way while they are incarcerated. 

    2.     These Fare Pay funds shall be administered in legal ways only to defray penal related expenses such as cell or dormitory housing, food and medical care.  After release from a given penal institution or detention facility, a former inmate shall have control of their Fare Pay benefits once again and may choose to work where they can at Fare Pay levels or some other legally gainful employment. 

    3.     This sub section rule shall only apply to those who qualify by the income limitations stated within this Initiative.  Penal authorities, as stated herein, shall have legal authority to fine or seize personal income only of inmates who do not qualify because of personal wealth via Fare Pay income limitations, but no more income than the Fare Pay amount itself will be charged during the inmate’s incarceration.  Any legally mandated fines or material or property forfeiture shall be excluded from this Fare Pay related penal formula. 

    4.     Institutional budgets shall not be lessened by this additional funding source and may not be altered except by electoral means.  The governor or legislature may propose budgetary changes for detention or penal institutions, but, the Electoral Conscience — Voters — shall have final say.

    5.     All inmates must meet the residency requirements as stated within this Initiative in order to receive the Fare Pay benefits.  Those who do not, shall be obligated to repay the Fare Pay amounts used until such time as they do receive Fare Pay benefits, or prior to that, have sufficient personal wealth to pay their way either in a lump sum or through a payment plan established by the appropriate penal authority.  Again, this Sub Section shall not interfere with any other fines or material seizure as adjudged by a court of law.

    Section D3:

    Sub Section  I. 

    1.     Exceptions or exemptions to the Fare Pay fee/tax, and to ensure and promote The Right of Employment or not to Employ Provision, shall be as follows: Private parties or persons which do not run revenue or income, via tax receipt generation, operations or do not do business as a licensed for-profit or non-profit private or public operation.  For example, private parties or persons such as those who: contract or hire on site baby-sitters, gardeners, handyman-like maintenance workers, nannies, secretaries, servants or any similarly defined kind of assistants, will not be obligated to pay not only Fare Pay fee/taxes, but any kind of penalty at all.  Also, depending upon the amounts paid, the people they contract or hire on site will not receive Fare Pay benefits in any form while in their employ, except as stated within this Initiative regarding qualifying Fare Pay income limitations: regardless of whether these private for hire employees are full or part time workers.  The private employer, at their discretion, may by mutual agreement offer non-cash benefits at no penalty to either party.

    Sub Section  II. 

    1.     Organizations both private and public who receive the assistance of volunteers  are also included in the Private Party defined exemptions above — this shall include volunteers who may or may not receive some sort of donation, gratuity, stipend or tip from the organization which they help.  These volunteer groups  will also be exempted from the requirement for Fare Pay contributions and/or penalties.  All involved will also have the right to receive Fare Way benefits from Fare Pay employers only, providing they are within the income limitation rules.

    Sub Section  III.

    1.     Being exempted, those private parties or persons — Fare Pay fee/tax participating organizations are not included in this section of course — shall not be able to have Fare Pay salaried employees work for them.  Although, they may receive aid and comfort from Fare Pay salaried Public Welfare workers assigned to them, then certainly in times of emergency and/or pressing need as determined by the proper level authorities.

    Sub Section  IV. 

    1.     Businesses or operations who run such related enterprises which provide staff for and of that stated nature, and generate previously defined gross income, shall be obligated  to contribute Fare Pay fee/tax for those they hire in-house as well as hire-out for profit according to their operations’ gross income level.  Additionally, those persons contracted or hired by the aforementioned for-profit or non-profit operations who provide staff to private parties or persons, will be eligible for Fare Pay salaried jobs or positions if they meet Fare Pay related income regulations.

    Sub Section  V. 

    1.     In order to promote health care reform, and even if an individual health care provider — mental or physical, and whether private or if employed by a larger scale public practice — makes above the Fare Pay income limit, they shall be allowed to receive compensation of $20.00 per hour, or a variation thereof, while serving low income clients or while performing previously pro bono work — of course, charity and pro bona work will continue as needed at the provider’s discretion.  They shall be allowed this variation of Fare Pay salary to defray expenses related to this calling; and, it shall apply on an individual health care provider basis and not a single institution or single organization.  This supplemental use of Fare Pay shall not exceed $400.00 per 20 hours per week per individual provider unless deemed otherwise by EDD during times of public need.

    Sub Section  VI. 

    1.     At the discretion of EDD — this medical and/or mental health care providers’ formula shall apply only if sufficient Fare Pay funds are available after full employment is reached —this payment plan shall apply: $20.00 per hour per patient or $40.00 per hour per patient couple up to $80.00 per week; no more than $400.00 per week in total for all patients per single provider.  EDD shall determine this based upon the legitimate and verifiable cost of operation of the licensed health care provider via a simplified verification form or some technical variation thereof; all of which shall also be enforceable through this Initiative’s regulations and legislative law.

    Sub Section  VII. 

    1.     To further promote the Right of Employment, minimum wage outside of Fare Pay shall be $10.00 per hour solely at the employer’s cost, or whatever is stated by local or state law — this per hour minimum wage shall not apply to exempt parties or persons in recognition of the legal right to  form contracts and to negotiate such contracts with verifiable verbal or written agreement.

    Sub Section  VIII. 

    1.     If the employee is a Fare Pay salaried worker, the amount of pay outside of Fare Pay minimum wage need not be added to Fare Pay funded pay checks, dependent on Fare Way income caps of course.   Also, in addition to Fare Pay, some other non-cash benefit may be added by mutual agreement between the two parties with no penalty to these parties.

    Sub Section  IX. 

    1.     The right of all involved parties to ask or offer to volunteer without pay of any kind shall remain.  Also, contributions of any benefit or charity from either side shall also be allowed without penalty of any kind to either party. 

    Sub Section  X. 

    1.     Disability or welfare recipients may receive indirect non-cash compensation for volunteering so as to not jeopardize their benefits until they are ready to do so on their own terms.  Indirect forms of compensation could include: child care, meals, supplies and transportation; any moneys donated directly to a charity provider of goods and services shall not interfere with this section in any way.  It is declared that such support is to foster Economic Freedom and Income Opportunity for all people, at any level of income — charity is a public good and is here recognized as such.

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