Good Jobs Bill

From Paul Osterman’s book Good Jobs America

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primary topic: Jobs
secondary topics: Economy

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The point of this bill, and the book, is that we not only need more jobs but we also need better paying jobs.

The book was co-authored with the late Beth Shulman. This summary was taken from Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office article 10/18/2011. Submitted here by aGREATER.US, we invite the author to rewrite or edit the text, and thank him for this important work.

The key points are...

Raise the minimum wage.

Incentive employers to target on the job training and specific education to improve skills and therefore wages.

Provide educational loan assistance to likewise upgrade skills.

Attach stipulations to employer who receive “tax breaks” to build local and State plants that the jobs created will be above the poverty line.

The book cites that France and Germany have long had a better employment rate than the US and with fewer jobs under the poverty line. So the argument that a higher minimum wage raises the unemployment rate may not be valid.

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