Posts Tagged ‘jobs’

Can Kentucky Do Better?

Friday, October 25th, 2013
Maurice McTigue

Maurice McTigue
(Photo of courtesy George Mason University)

Maurice McTigue is an interesting man.

He served as a member of parliament and cabinet minister in his native New Zealand, and was his country’s ambassador to Canada. He helped craft pro-growth, market-driven policies to reform the nation’s government and economy, which became so successful that some call the results the “New Zealand miracle.”

Now McTigue shares his vast experience as a consultant to state governments and federal agencies, and as vice president of outreach at the Mercatus Center, a think tank at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.

Despite reports from state officials who say our economy is growing and creating jobs, McTigue believes Kentucky needs to do better. In July, he told a state-wide Chamber of Commerce business summit that the Commonwealth should be more competitive with other states when it comes to job creation by becoming more business friendly.

This Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET, I’ll talk with McTigue on One to One. We’ll discuss why Kentucky’s economy isn’t doing better. (The show also airs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on KET2.)

I’m eager to hear your thoughts about McTigue’s assessment, and what you think Kentucky can do to better compete with our neighboring states. You can post your comments here, or share them with me on Facebook (billgoodmanKET) or on Twitter (@BillKET). I look forward to hearing from you.

The Economy, Sequestration, and Jobs

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

This summer, economics professor Dr. John Garen invited me to sit in on a graduate seminar at the University of Kentucky. The class of about a dozen eager students plus several of Dr. Garen’s colleagues met each week to discuss economic theory and the last 100 years of economic policy in the United States and the world.

Garen’s well-prepared lectures and the text he provided the class, Lawrence White’s book “The Clash of Economic Ideas.” served as an apt primer for our conversation last Monday on Kentucky Tonight. Dr. Garen was a guest, along with state AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Dave Adkisson, and Malcolm Robinson, professor and chairperson of economics at Thomas More College.

Many discussions about jobs and the economy in the U.S. today pivot to a debate about the effectiveness of sequestration. That was the procedure approved by Congress to limit the size of the federal budget. It established a hard cap on the amount of government spending in certain defense and non-defense categories, resulting in furloughs and layoffs in many government agencies.

The very mention of sequestration elicited disagreement among our panelists.

Later, I asked the Chamber’s Dave Adkisson about the value of public-private partnerships in creating jobs in the Commonwealth.

Next Monday on Kentucky Tonight, we’ll discuss the new science standards recently approved by the state board of education and the debate over teaching students about evolution and climate change.

A Fierce Job Market for Recent Graduates

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

After Kentucky Tonight’s show, Jobs and the Economy, which aired last night, Bill Goodman asked Anne Evans, KET’s Public Affairs intern and recent college graduate, to write about her experiences looking for work.

From Anne:

In addition to working as an intern at KET, I work as a personal assistant. As I walked through the mall while looking for something for my boss, song lyrics about staying tough and strong caught my attention. As I have applied to over twenty jobs in the past month and have not heard back from a single company, these lyrics immediately made me think of my attempts to find a full-time job. The lyrics were encouraging and motivating, exactly what I need right now.

This isn’t a profound statement by any means, but the current job market is extremely competitive. I would argue that the competition is especially fierce for recent graduates. It seems as if every job opening requires at least a year of experience in whichever field that job is in. I’m quickly realizing, along with my peers, that figuring out how to get your foot in the door may be the most difficult part of entering the working world.

Keeping a positive mindset while persistently searching and applying for jobs has helped me to stay focused and motivated. That, of course, is much easier said than done. Without a steady job that pays well, many recent graduates (myself included) are living at home. And while I am happy to be living with my family and I am thankful that they are willing and able to support me right now, the fact that I am unable to support myself makes me feel as if I am less of an adult. I think my mindset is pretty common among my peers. Patient persistence—staying tough and strong—is the name of the game now. Until then, I’ll enjoy the time at home with the family and will look forward to the work the future holds.

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