30 Issues: Creating Jobs with Upward Mobility

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's Jobs Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), David Jones, talks about what the mayoral candidates have proposed to expand job opportunities, and which policy fixes would work best.


David Jones

Comments [6]

RJ from prospect hts

That is, "increasing" transit fares; a typing problem, not a literacy one :).

Oct. 14 2013 11:03 AM

@Elsie - Great link!! It looks like the housing bubble is inflating again.

Oct. 14 2013 11:02 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Mayor Bloomberg's blindness concerning jobs and "billionaire retention" is a bit mind-boggling. As he talks about the latter, the companies already here are complaining of poorly educated workers at all levels--literacy rates, writing ability, reasoning and technical skills at all levels (plumbing, car repair, IT, etc.). So he oversees increases in CUNY tuition, alienates unions so apprentice programs aren't developed, implements insane and punitive testing requirements that leave uncounted (ironic, no?) numbers illiterate and without critical reasoning skills, and otherwise acquiesces to and/or imposes "fees" (read "taxes") on the poor and working poor: hiring transit fares, higher parking fines, complicated child care arrangements when he forced the closure of neighborhood care programs, raises water fees, essentially freezes union wages by failing to agree on contracts (those workers, after all, are residents and spend a lot of money locally--do Russian billionaires really buy enough *locally* to make subsidizing them worth it?). And oversees the greatest inequality growth in decades. Thank heaves we're getting a new mayor--but if it's Joe Lhota I may have to move camp out at Gracie mansion to get "3 hots and a cot" in jail.

Oct. 14 2013 10:59 AM

Here's the problem when you attract nothing but overseas millionaires & billionaires:

Since there are not citizens, they don't vote. Since they're not residents, they don't count on the census. Therefore, it can cause a decrease in the political influence of NYC in national matters. In fact, the state of NY has lost 4 House seats in the past 20 years while states like Texas (who don't attract any Russian oligarchs) has increased their national influence.

Overseas millionaires & billionaires don't really help the city's economy either. They're only investing in Manhattan real estate. None of the money they "invest" flow to the other four boroughs. And although they pay local real estate taxes (which are abnormally low due to the state's RE tax laws) & federal income taxes, they don't pay any state or city taxes because they're not residents of NYS or NYC.

Oct. 14 2013 10:57 AM
Elsie from Brooklyn

Here's the (very near) future of NY

Oct. 14 2013 10:52 AM
steve from brooklyn

The New York Economic Development site is really excellent for entrepreneurs, and many ppl don't really know about it. This link is for the FREE courses offered by the city to help entrepreneurs get their small business ideas into a real business
The basic site itself is great and I suggest even non-entrepreneurs going thru it very thoroughly

Now, if the next mayor could just hook up the connection between getting a business started and affordable housing.

Oct. 14 2013 10:45 AM

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