Friday, June 3, 2011

That sucking noise from Idaho? It's not a vacuum

As we've come to know, Idaho is all about sucking sounds and love letters when it comes to Washington business and jobs. Austin Jenkins did a follow-up on that love letter, by the way:

So, has cupid's arrow struck in the heart of any Washington or Oregon businesses? Dietrich claims two love matches over the past year. We can't independently verify it was the "love letter" that did the trick because Dietrich won't name names. He says it's up to the companies to out themselves.
As it turns out, the Idaho Statesman has a few questions for their state's leaders about where their state and jobs are headed:

Instead, Idaho is trapped in a self-perpetuating cycle of low wages, low-skilled jobs and low-skilled workers. It has an abundance of all three. What it lacks — in fact, what it is losing — are enough professional, scientific, technical and corporate management jobs. And Idahoans who work in those fields would earn considerably more if they moved to another state.

Apparently, that’s just fine with Idaho’s leadership. It has done little to give Idaho’s growing labor force the capital investments it needs to succeed.
Ouch. You can read their whole editorial here: Idaho Stuck in a Rut of Low-Wage, Dead-End Jobs

While Idaho figures how they're sucking, reminders about Washington's track record when it comes to jobs and business can be found here, here, here, here and here.