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jody rooney

withrow, MN
Commenter for
3 years 40 weeks

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I agree with the author's suggestions.

"Lots of questions deserve to be asked. How much of the growth is driven by demographics? Does Minnesota have substantially more generous programs? A broader scope of programs? Greater eligibility? What opportunities are there to streamline bureaucracy, consolidate programs, and otherwise improve the cost efficiency of program management?"

We all think of welfare as cash payments but I would like to see a further breakdown of expenditures...

complaining about this as an economist and I would think a business owner people would be doing back flips. Thanks for out lining the reasons for the economic rationale for the change.

We certainly trade with countries that are worse and out assets are less secure.

Posted on 12/19/14 at 11:29 am in response to Student-housing changes in the Twin Cities mirror trends elsewhere

student debt is increasing.

Posted on 12/19/14 at 11:17 am in response to Chamber of Commerce will seek to scrap Minnesota's wage law provisions

When each of your board members lives on the equivalent of minimum wage for three months (as in somewhere other than your own residence) then they can talk about minimum wage.

Posted on 12/16/14 at 12:24 pm in response to Minnesota’s business-expansion grants draw critics on right and left

corporate welfare distorts the market. And I have seen it in action.

There was a company that approach one of the communities I have worked with right after JobZ went into effect asking what kind of subsidy we would offer if they moved their company to our community. A little review of their history showed that they had moved - sometimes 50 -90 miles from their previous location every 18 months to 3 years. Not exactly the kind of company that you would want to spend any money on...

Thanks for the favorites.

Reading Heilbroner's "The Worldly Philosophers" got me hooked on economics when I was 17. It has been a passion as well as a profession ever since. Although I am now much more interested in measuring the impact of a specific aspect a policy based on a particular philosophical viewpoint.

The Economist is a fantastic magazine making all other "News" magazines look like the today's birdcage liners.

Posted on 12/12/14 at 10:32 am in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

for some understanding of what you read and writing so that you can convey simple thoughts to people who they can't talk to. They aren't teaching Shakespeare, or writing novels.

I would be really disappointed if the people in the professions you mentioned couldn't read instructions or communicate in writing in addition to verbally. I would be pretty sure the people in occupations on your list would be pretty insulted if you thought their jobs only required them to read and write...

Posted on 12/12/14 at 10:41 am in response to Some painful truths about Minneapolis Public Schools' academic progress

used as a proxy for progress in this article not as an indictment of occupations that don't require additional learning.

I would however agree that the elimination of "shop" from secondary schools has done a significant disservice to students that are not academically inclined . There isn't a gender breakdown in the article but I believe that we are failing boys more than we are failing girls regardless of race/ethnicity in the schools.

Posted on 12/10/14 at 12:11 pm in response to Senate report on U.S. torture: What's new, and what's missing

and all of you folks who are proud to call yourselves conservative do you want to own this?

Do you think this lack of integrity doesn't filter into other areas of leadership?

I am a firm believer in experimental policy but you need to understand that you probably aren't inventing a new wheel and evaluate whether the old wheel was successful or not successful and what you are going to do this time to make it more successful. Here you have the whole world (Geneva convention...

Posted on 12/08/14 at 11:05 am in response to GOP leader says State High School League needs legislative oversight

can be translated into high wealth and high net worth.