Thursday, March 09, 2006

Job Growth on Candidates' Minds

Both John DeStefano and Dan Malloy have come out with major jobs initiatives over the past week. Here are links to the plans being proposed by the candidates:

DeStefano: Phase 1
DeStefano: Corporate Lures

Malloy: Every Job Matters

Alas, I don't have any time at all to go through these proposals (new job starting in a few weeks, lots to do). The Malloy proposal, as is usual for his campaign, seems to be especially detailed. I will do my best to give each proposal due consideration.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to reading your insights.


CTRepublican said...

Is it just me or does the author of Malloy's "Every Job Matters" piece have a serious issue with the failed Patriots deal? Seems like they make reference to that deal a few times. A disgruntled Patriots fan who resents the extra hour worth of drive to Foxboro or a Giants fan angry at the prospect of cheering for the Pats?

Anonymous said...

That's Roy O at work... except he forgets that Sullivan and Jepsen were wearing those stupid Patriots helmets at the press conference too.

Anonymous said...

Frankly I haven't paid a ton of attention the Governor's race yet, but it is getting interesting now that the Dem candidates are coming up with proposals like these and actually SAYING something.

I read through the Malloy jobs proposal once just now. Based on that and his child's health care initiative from a month or so ago, I'd say so far he's beating DeStefano on the "ideas" front pretty handily. Agree or disagree, both of his proposals were full of detail and solid plans. DeStefano's jobs proposal, while not awful, wasn't nearly as in depth.

Just a first take.

turfgrrl said...

Job growth is not a policy point. There is no program a governor can create that will do anything more than measure jobs by industry segment or region. The job growth engine that we have is all about small business. This is where policy wonks fail. The business climate is what you need to focus on. That means that: 1) access to markets 2) access to technology infrastructure 3) access to capital and 4) access to talent are more important than moving the needle ever so slightly on the run of the mill issues of taxes and programs.

There's a great book that came out a few years ago about Xerox and I was particularly impacted with the chapter on how Palo Alto won over New Haven. In short, Paolo Alto won because the weather was better, the buildings were cheaper and available, there was cultural amenities and the people near Stanford were more open.

You can say the more things change the more they remain the same, because of all the reasons why New Haven has yet to foster a solid industrial-technology incubation area is because the business climate of Connecticut is anemic. And the same applies to the rest of Connecticut, and it all the more atrocious simply because of the proximity to NYC and Boston.

A serious governor would look at the state and propose transportation infrastructure improvements that would enable high speed transportation to NYC and Boston, as well as regional connections between CT's cities.

Then the plan would address housing needs that focus on proximity to public transportation, affordability, proximity to office space, and proximity to cultural amenities. Just ask any 20 something how exciting it is to live/work in Shelton.

Beyond transportation, a governor could focus on getting WIFI broadband to all public spaces in CT. And get towns to adopt technology faster, cut down on the bureaucratic paper pushing and get services to a self serve procedure. I don't think you can change the culture of 189 towns protecting their individual turf, but you could make it so the state government becomes the service provider to towns.
Then maybe towns could spend more time and money developing amenities that attract people instead of the endless bean counting and patchwork infrastructure.

Roy O said...

Malloy's thing is long. It looks alright, but I've only skimmed it. Includes some interesting ideas on higher ed like a tuition freeze at Uconn, seasonal pricing, and guaranteed admission for top 20% students. THere's also a wage insurance program for outsourced jobs. (Liberals unite!) Of course, it's also got money for R&D and the typical reorganization of various departments, etc. All in all interesting. Kind of different for a jobs proposal.

P.S. It's not really Roy O. Duh.

TruBluDem said...

Nice to see the DeStefano campaign has weighed in on DM's proposal with a bit of "fuzzy math." Here's Derek Slap's response to DM's plan to create 100,000 new jobs: DeStefano Spokesman Derek Slap took this swipe at the plan in a statement: "Dannel Malloy’s goal for job growth strives to achieve mediocrity; his hope is to only match the national average. DeStefano wants to make Connecticut a top ten state in job growth."
If I recall correctly, JD's jobs plan called for the creation of 50,000 jobs over 5 years, far less than the national average. DM's plan calls for 100,000 jobs over four years. Someone's definitely striving for mediocrity, but I don't think that someone is Malloy.

TOP&CENTER said...

turfgrrl's on the right track, again... job growth of any magnitude around here will be the by-product of communities making their locales places people want to be around... If it hasn't been identified here before, my I reccomend Richard Florida's Rise of the Creative Class... May I add it to "CLP's Official Change the State Smart Read List".

Tony Anchillo said...

I have to say, as a native new havener, easy for DeStefano to come up with a jobs plan for the state, but not for New Haven itself. The New Haven Advocate came out with an article recently (September 2005) about how New Haven is simply not creating jobs. So why can't DeStefano find a way to create jobs in his own city? Malloy boasts about 5000 jobs in his own city.. DeStefano says he's created all these jobs, but where are they? The New Haven unemployment rate is almost like Germany's, close to 7%. Ok, perhaps Germany's is lower.. but, that's pretty sad. Do we really want Connecticut to look like New Haven. He's got a couple of restaurants in the center of the city, but travel off of that and it's just downright depressing. Travel around New Haven --REALLY travel-- and tell me if that's how you want Connecticut to look.

red october said...

turffgrrl: the other part of the Xerox Palo Alto story is that the think tank wonks came up with the Windows technology and Stamford corporate HQ didn't see it as the future and sold it off for a pittance. Then Xerox almost wnet in to obscurity as a business. We've all heard of Microsoft that company run by Bill Gates, the college dropout, that sells Windows.

red october said...

And let me expand on that point: If almighty Xerox, along with IBM for a while, could not see that the personal computer was the wave of the future, then what makes anybody think that DeStefano, Malloy or Abromitis (Rell's DECD guru leftover from Johnny) and the CBIA can identify the future. Govt. should get out of the business of social engineering CT's economy on the bcaks of those of us who already live, work or have businesses here..

red october said...

I didn't turn over the soubmarine to you Americans just to live in socialism again, you know.