Capitol Ideas Mar/April 2014

By Wade Merritt, Vice President of the Maine International Trade Center,
President of the State International Development Organizations

The United Kingdom Minister for Trade recently proclaimed, “We’re going to save the world through exports!”
It may be a bold statement, but it is a sentiment and enthusiasm we should all share—the more export-ready our businesses are, the greater our share of a competitive global marketplace.

By Nicholas Johnson Vice President, State Fiscal Policy Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

When it comes to raising the minimum wage, the objection opponents most often make is that it will cost jobs. But the experience of numerous states proves otherwise.

Like many programs, state tourism efforts took a significant hit during the Great Recession. Experts argue, however, that cutting tourism marketing programs can have long-term negative consequences for state economies.

New companies likely will be the ones bringing new jobs to the U.S. economy, and most of those will come through entrepreneurs, said Yasuyuki Motoyama, a senior scholar for policy and research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. For that reason, states should be looking for ways to help entrepreneurs.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, the 2014 president of The Council of State Governments, sees education as a key to developing a workforce for the jobs of tomorrow. But he believes states also can do other things to attract jobs.

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