By ROD ZOOK
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Small town businesses and industry, including those in Hutchinson, are keeping a close eye on the vaccination mandate put in place by the Biden Administration.
Dan Naccarato, business professor for Hutchinson Community College, says the mandate will have a very negative impact on area businesses and industry.
“It’s another problem for business managers to deal with all across the country,” Naccarato said. “There’s three things in common right now that we're seeing . . . businesses can’t find enough people to hire to fill vacant positions . . . they’re struggling on certain items to be supplied with and they're getting shortages because of the supply chain problem, and number three, costs are going up.”
Naccarato says he expects to see mixed reaction to the mandate, but some will have no choice.
“I think some companies will push back and some companies will try to comply,” Naccarato said. “Because the pressure is if you’re doing any business with any government agency and the executive branch of the federal government is saying either implement a mandate for vaccination or lose your government contract, it catches the company in a tough position.”
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he plans to fight the mandate.