For job growth, Minneapolis must prepare workforce

  • Article by: MICHAEL CHRISTENSON
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 5:17 PM

The workforce: Progress means tending to the entire population. There are many examples to draw upon.

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briechersSep. 14, 13 7:53 PM

Like nearly all discussions about job creation, this person never mentioned once the connection between creating value and creating jobs. Jobs come from value creation. It would be a good concept to include...not at the exclusion of job preparation efforts, but as a fundamental concept. In our continuing effort by the government to isolate and insulate people from the realities of the free market, they forget to mention it at all.

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dsteele04Sep. 15, 13 5:22 AM

The freedoms that corporations have purchased with campaign funding have allowed them to divest themselves of many obligations and long term commitments in the interest of maximizing short term profits. They also like us to tax them sparsely or not at all, provide them with low interest rates, offer government benefit to their low paid workers so they can survive on such wage and even train their workforce. Still they fail to provide adequate employment. What's wrong with this picture?

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basia2186Sep. 15, 1312:50 PM

Funny how the unions are now complaining about corporations getting into the buying votes game now. They have done it for decades!

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jd55604Sep. 15, 13 1:35 PM

Government funded training programs do not create jobs. If we suddenly subsidized the training of 20 million nurses that doesn't mean that it would also create 20 million new nursing jobs. As briechers alluded to, a worker's pay is is proportional to the amount of value they produce. Allowing governments instead of markets to determine what the jobs of the future are going to be and what skills workers will need to work in those jobs is foolish. Did anyone in government have any clue as to what Steve Jobs was doing in his garage in the 1970s? Were they advocating for government funded I.T. training programs during the birth of silicon valley? Of course not. The free market, as always was way ahead of them.

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Jim1960Sep. 15, 13 2:23 PM

" Did anyone in government have any clue as to what Steve Jobs was doing in his garage in the 1970s?" The reason that Steve Jobs could work in the garage to develop a small computer was that the various components: micro processors, transistors, etc. had been developed originally with government research money. The Internet that he would later use to launch iTunes also was developed with government money.

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staredSep. 15, 13 2:58 PM

Smells a lot like overdone quotas once again.

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jd55604Sep. 15, 13 4:53 PM

Jim1960: "The reason that Steve Jobs could work in the garage to develop a small computer was that the various components: micro processors, transistors, etc. had been developed originally with government research money. The Internet that he would later use to launch iTunes also was developed with government money."......I'm not completely dismissing what you say but I don't think government funded research plays as big of a role in innovation as you think. I'm not at all convinced that the internet would never have existed without the military creating Arpanet 45 years ago. It's easy to see that government funded bridge down the street from where we live. It's not so easy to picture what would have been built in its place without government involvement.

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gandalf48Sep. 16, 13 9:51 AM

How about a new education system that give students marketable skills within 6 months? Imagine an education program that can respond to employers quickly and provide those skills in a timely manner...that's how you create good jobs.

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