National economic conditions have impacted our local economy, and some local service industries are now feeling the pinch. Just this week, once-booming Lowell lost several good paying jobs in the $150 to $300 an hour range as local entrepreneurs, one of whom had been in business for 10 years, gave it up after deciding that they could no longer make ends meet because of burdensome legal regulations on their business.
After a six-month "undercover" investigation, the Lowell Police Department cracked down on five independent contractors conducting a physical therapy business in that city. These dedicated business leaders were already facing hard times before being charged with misdemeanors for being in a unique position to meet market demand and fill a niche in the local service economy.
Lowell Police Chief Joe Landers said officials are not considering any charges against the businesses' customers who made illegal purchases. Why the hell not?