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August 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The ‘I’m for jobs’ bandwagon

Cutting down workers’ benefits is not the answer

In her guest column, Erin Shannon claims “the most effective way to encourage job growth is to reduce the cost of doing business,” which means “regulatory and tax relief” for businesses. [“How everyone jumped off the ‘I’m for jobs’ bandwagon,” Opinion, Aug 5.]

Some of the policies she advocates, like repealing paid family leave and reducing workers’ compensation costs, show she’s not there for workers, just profits.

In times of recession, which we’re still in, we have a demand problem, with not enough people out buying more things or paying for services, due to being unemployed or fearing unemployment. Hence, the most effective way to create jobs is actually for government to fund projects that need doing and will underpin the economy, like maintaining and building new infrastructure.

Some unemployed people will find work on these projects, which will provide them with money to spend, thus increasing demand, which will result in more hiring by those who provide the goods and services demanded. If Shannon really wants to hop on the jobs bandwagon herself, she’d be advocating for an increase in government spending.

Timothy Walsh, Seattle

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