Job Creation

The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Tax Incentives and Competition for Jobs

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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

Gordon MacInnes, president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, and Greg David, director of the Business and Economic Reporting Program at CUNY Journalism School and contributor to Crain's New York Business, discuss the impact of tax incentives and regional competition for jobs.


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I’ve recently wondered if that hotel still has an elevator operator.

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JOBS Act and Jersey Jobs

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Charles Herman, WNYC Economics editor, and Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter, join to discuss today's jobs numbers, the local angle, and the various ways politicians are trying to create work - including the JOBS Act.

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Why Starbucks' CEO Wants to Freeze Campaign Contributions

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The gap between the haves and have-nots is widening. The amount of revenue that state and local municipalities have is going to cut social services in America, and this is why it's so vitally important for corporations to recognize that their pursuit of profitability as a singular goal is quite shallow. It needs to be balanced with a social conscience.

— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Transportation Nation

Study: On Job Creation, Bike Lanes Beat Roads

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Back in January we reported on a study using local data that found that building bike lanes brought more bang for the buck on job creation than building roads. Now, the original researchers at the Political Economy Research Institute of U. Mass Amherst have expanded that study to 11 cities with the same findings.

The PERI study (PDF) finds:

"Overall we find that bicycling infrastructure creates the most jobs for a given level of spending: For each $1 million, the cycling projects in this study create a total of 11.4 jobs within the state where the project is located. Pedestrian-only projects create an average of about 10 jobs per $1 million and multi-use trails create nearly as many, at 9.6 jobs per $1 million. ... and road-only projects create the least, with a total of 7.8 jobs per $1 million."

The study says bike lanes generate more jobs per dollar spent because building a bike lane is more labor intensive than building a road. "A greater portion of the spending is used to employ construction workers and engineers, both labor-intensive industries." So, for example, "a bike path which requires a great deal of planning and design will generate more jobs for a given level of spending than a road project which requires a greater proportion of heavily mechanized construction equipment and relatively less planning and design."

They study adds that a greater proportion of road spending "leaks" out of state for supplies.

These findings are already being used by advocates like America Bikes and the League of American Bicyclists to argue for more bike lanes, and to steer tight infrastructure dollars toward bike plans at a time when an increasingly effective argument for spending on road repair is not disrepair but job creation.

Via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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