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'Are you part of the shadow economy?'


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Unauthorized workers are often on the payroll, but cash fuels the underground economy.

An interesting business story in the Arizona Republic poses this question, with a link to an online mini-poll that asks: "Have you, as an adult, participated in the 'shadow economy' by receiving payment in cash for your work, and not reporting it?

It's a good question, as is the flip side, which wasn't asked: Have you, as en employer, paid cash for the services of your gardener, housekeeper, handyman or other worker? As the Republic story reads, "Arizonans often pay cash to handymen, painters, landscapers, babysitters and other odd-jobs workers, who may or may not be legal residents."

It works both ways, and everyone has a hand. And not just in Arizona. There will be more to come on the role of employers in illegal immigration as this blog develops.?