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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 04:08 AM

A 'Texas Miracle' on less than a living wage

Should a “miracle” make you worry, odds are that it's not miraculous.

Nonetheless, I'll wager that the jobs soon to arrive in southwest Bexar County at a Ramen noodle factory will serve as more grist for Gov. Rick's Perry's much-touted “Texas Miracle.”

After all, there will be 600 of them.

And while we're thinking in terms of sheer quantity, let's recall that Texas in the past two decades has created more jobs than any other state. Since 2009, about 40 percent of all new jobs in the United States have been added here.

Perry and other politicians attribute this growth to the Texas model: low taxes, loose regulation and special incentives to lure noodles — I mean, businesses.


Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/news_columnists/article/A-Texas-Miracle-on-less-than-a-living-wage-3643157.php#ixzz1yJpkfWo9

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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 05:09 AM

1. I was at my physician in Irving yesterday and I noticed a check from the Texas Workforce Commission

for about $163,000 as a collaborative program between the physician's group and North Lake College to create or "upgrade" up to 135 jobs. While I'm all for training programs, I also felt that part of it may have been a kickback for the support given to the governor. I wonder how much of that money will ever filter down past the executive level.

Oh yes, Ramen noodles are bad every once in awhile.

you nightowl.

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Wed Jun 20, 2012, 10:47 AM

2. Damn good article

Texas already ranks first in the nation for jobs at or below the minimum wage.
(Go Texas! We're No. 1!)

In fact, 37 percent of all jobs added in Texas in 2010 paid minimum wage or less. Overall, about a third of all jobs in Texas fail to support a family of four.

(snip)
Here's one: Texans carry more credit card debt, ranking among the highest in the nation in 2009 and 2010.
The American city saddled with the highest average credit card debt in 2010?
It was San Antonio, at $5,177.




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