Several organizations were on hand in
Clearly, it is in the county's interest to make this change. While the annual saving of up to
We suspect that a lot of the opposition to this proposal is simply because it involves change. Some workers like the idea of getting a paycheck that they can hold in their hands, read, and take to the bank to cash or deposit. That's understandable. We can imagine how much resistance there was to paper checks when they began to replace pay in the form of cash, which was often disbursed at a cashier's window on-site.
We think workers would soon get used to being paid through a debit card, and would even come to prefer it, as it bypasses the process of physically depositing a paper check. The money's already in the bank.
McKinney did make one point that we think is worth attention. She feared that even though the initial agreement with BofA might be fine, things could change. That's a valid concern. It would be unfair to employees if, down the road, additional or higher fees started showing up for their debit cards. To the degree possible, protections against such a possibility should be built into this legislation.
For many workers, this is a non-issue, because they have elected to have their paychecks direct-deposited into their bank accounts. For those who would be affected, it might take a little getting used to, like those paper checks did way back when cash was king. But who today would choose to stand in line at the paymaster's window, waiting to be handed their pay in cash?
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