Nathan McLaughlin is the mayor of Clarissa, Minnesota. And that job keeps him busy enough that America’s Small City Mayor is updated on a relatively leisurely basis.
But it’s good stuff. McLaughlin brings a fairly keen analytical eye to covering his turf – Clarissa is between Eagle Bend and Browerville , up in Minnesota’s reddish-purple hinterland, where Michele Bachmann country starts to dissolve into Collin Peterson country.
I liked this piece: “Small City Economic Overview and the Policy Bubble“. Excerpt:
SCSU Scholars economist, King Banaian, shows in a recent study (Slowing Layoffs & Fewer Hires) that while there are fewer layoffs than in previous quarters. The acceleration in hiring for new jobs just isn’t registering.
In my conversation with local employers and employees this seems to be the case. An abundance of caution is being taken to figure out a true direction in our economy.
Accordingly, one executive, representing our areas largest employer referred to the numerous changes that might be occurring at our state and federal levels. (i.e. banking, health, taxes) He told me their company just cannot make investments or decisions on a large scale until the legislative actions are brought to a definitive conclusion.
Many of you might remember a post on The Policy Bubble (March 2008). I had warned about this exact circumstance. What our free market needs is political certainty on the levels of taxation, regulation, and reform. Right now business cannot resume until elected representatives in Washington & St. Paul get out of the way.
In a sense, this is how more politicians should blog; give the people coherent analysis, and show why it is you should be in office.
In your wanderings around and about the MOB, make sure you check out America’s Small City Mayor.
 Or, to give you a helpful description, it’s about 75 miles northwest of Saint Cloud.