How Minneapolis can make way for new jobs

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial
  • Updated: September 14, 2013 - 5:13 PM

New city officials will inherit major opportunities for job growth. Here are watchwords for seizing them.

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supervon2Sep. 14, 13 6:15 PM

The big thing is not to find ways to drive business out of Minneapolis. Look at all the employers that have moved to the suburbs mainly due to taxes and services and realize that a move is just a truck away. Yes, we need some real labor jobs that may not pay millions but are the starting point for many young people and the hang on for those that need them.

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jbpaperSep. 14, 13 7:34 PM

"The fiscal discipline Rybak brought to City Hall led last month to his recommendation for a 1 percent reduction in the city’s property tax levy next year."------ That had more to do with all the extra LGA money they are getting from the state than Rybak's fiscal discipline.

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jbpaperSep. 14, 13 7:36 PM

I see the Strib is still paying Rybak back for getting the Vikings stadium next to their land. This was an even bigger fluff piece than you give Klobuchar.

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elmore1Sep. 15, 1312:12 AM

Rybak's accomplishments have been way over blown. Suppressing the citizens of Mpls from having input to the Vikings stadium fiasco will be his legacy. Very disappointed that we haven't seen the HS graduation rate improve. Mpls is blessed by having many big companies stay despite the tax climate. Mpls needs to create jobs that are not tied to govt funded makework projects like stadiums.

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Willy53Sep. 15, 13 6:55 AM

The stadium has absolutely nothing to do with creating jobs in the Tech sector. Wrong again supervon2. IF taxes were the determinant of where businesses locate then Alabama and Mississippi would have them all. Workforce, quality of life and infrastructure are much more important, obviously, as well as the willingness of large educational institutions to partner with business on research and development. All those things are not created by business alone. At some point, planning and social welfare, not motivated by profit, becomes a driver of business expansion.

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boris123Sep. 15, 13 8:47 AM

Note to posters: Government does not create jobs. Government can create a healthy environment for companies and entrepreneurs to improve, grow and expand their companies in a city, county state. Perhaps the first place to start is public safety the second is to end the squandering of tax dollars (pro sports stadiums sans voter referendum, police department law suits, Block E, $100 million cost overage on Lowry bridge, etc., etc., Private sector create jobs and value.

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hjlazniSep. 15, 1310:25 AM

Lets talk Economy 101. Giving each other a haircut for $40 does not generate $80 in profit in the economy. You have to develop new products, using natural resources, that are sold and create a profit so more real dollars can be printed to maintain and/or improve the standard of living. To do this, people and entities hoarding assets and money will have to be forced by government tax policy to put their hoarded assets at risk or pay tax on hoarded assets.

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mrburns2Sep. 15, 13 2:16 PM

"Build it and they will come" mentality won't work. What will is lower corporate tax rates, lower individual rates (3rd highest in US-really?), and less regulation. If not, you'll just have a bunch of empty buildings.

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mrburns2Sep. 15, 13 2:22 PM

"At some point, planning and social welfare, not motivated by profit, becomes a driver of business expansion.." wow, JP Morgan, Mellon and Astor just rolled over in their graves. Smells very communistic to me. I guess who needs profit anyway to attract investment capital?

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mplsjimSep. 15, 13 5:14 PM

'Government does not create jobs.' I am sure Ayn Rand would be proud of that statement, but please, get real.

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