With much fanfare from the media and the DFL’s press-release bloggers (most of them), the Dayton Administration released its “jobs plan”.
Call it “porkulus with a side of lefse“. It’s a dumb plan – and there’s language in here that shows the DFL knows it (emphasis added):
Saint Paul – Governor Mark Dayton and DFL Legislators together today announced a plan that if passed by the legislature, will put thousands of Minnesotans back to work this year.
And there’s the tell. This “plan” – more below – will come to the legislature bundled with some of the other nonsense Governor Dayton couldn’t get through the GOP-controlled legislature last session. The legislature will toss it. The DFL/media (ptr),the Strib editorial board and the chanting point bots will say “The GOP took your jerbs!” in November.
This plan is intended for no more.
To encourage businesses to hire new employees, Governor Dayton and the DFL Legislators propose offering a New Jobs Tax Credit. This would be a one-time $3,000 tax credit to any Minnesota business for each veteran, unemployed worker or recent graduate they hire during calendar year 2012, and a $1,500 credit for each new hire through June 2013. This $35 million program would create over 10,000 new, private-sector jobs this year.
Which is a great way to create a bunch of low-wage temporary jobs.
Business owners, I’d love to hear from you. $3,000 is better than a kick in the teeth. But given the other uncertainties in the economy.- Obamacare and the coming tax hikes and all the other regulatory nonsense that’s been pecking you to death and all the rest that’s looming in the next two years, not to mention Minnesota’s already-miserable business taxes - isn’t it more like whizzing in the wind?
Like- a chanting point?
It’s a sign that the DFL has learned one lesson – sort of. They’ve learned that “eat the rich”, in and of itself, isn’t a strategy for a session. They have to put a meaningless veneer of “job creation” on top of it.
Other proposals in the plan include a new bonding bill with details to be announced next week, a proposal that will help Minnesota compete for business expansion through the Minnesota Investment Fund, an expansion of the FastTRAC program to provide career-specific training to prepare adults for the jobs of the future and the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Grants Pilot Program which will help Minnesotans get the training required for high-demand careers.
Read: a) Construction jobs for Dayton’s union backers, b) spending to try to convince businesses that the tax climate isn’t so bad, and c/d) more spending that benefits Dayton’s supporters in the education industry, coupled with platitudes, as if government has ever successfully predicted about what anything will be tomorrow.
“From day one, my top priority has been to get Minnesota working again.
No, Governor Dayton. With all due respect, from day one, your priority has been to do what the Alliance for a Better Minnesota, Win Minnesota,and the unions have told you to do. Last year, they told you to Eat The Rich. Class warfare bombed.
With that out of the way…
Our jobs plan will help businesses create good jobs for thousands of Minnesotans who are looking for work.
No, it won’t. It’s of little value alive – at $3K credit is bupkes – but of value as a wedge issue dead. Which is why you have your chanting-point bots yapping so hard about it now.
We need to focus on what we know will work: investing in infrastructure, providing incentives to private sector businesses to create more jobs, and training workers for high-demand careers.
Again with the code words.
Look- if you slash business taxes and cut regulations, the economy improves. Revenue booms based on economic activity. Then you build the infrastructure. Then you needn’t worry about training, because companies will train their own workers,on their own dime (although they’re happy to let the state pay for it, too). That is the only “incentive” you need.
And it’s the one the GOP’s been talking all along.
And it’d hardly do to campaign on that, if you’re the DFL,now – would it?
The important part, of course, is preventing Minnesotans from getting fooled by this Potemkin plan.