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.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
By Solomon Kleinsmith : IAFC Blogger
Swing voters would love to see a decent alternative to Obama, and if Romney were a decent alternative, he'd be the one leading in the polls right now.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
— Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on The Brian Lehrer Show.
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.
"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.