Hotel California: Million Dollar Sheets on the Taxpayer’s Dime

The California hotel workers union is pushing a bill that requires all hotel mattresses to have flat sheets instead of fitted sheets. They argue that the heavy lifting required for fitted sheets is causing back injuries for workers. The problem is, the regulation comes with a price tag of $30-$50 million dollars charged to the taxpayers, according the California Hotel and Lodging Association.

With a $15 billion dollar deficit, more costly regulations are the last thing the state should be considering. Not only that, but hotel operators say the flat sheets will need to be replaced more often and require new laundering equipment to wash effectively.

Some argue that even if the regulation bill passes, it will be difficult to enforce. Randi Knott, of the California Hotel and Lodging Association, also noted that “when California’s looking at over a $26 billion budget, you would kind of think that the legislature had other things to worry about.”



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