CIRAS Digest: Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

  • Sunday’s Des Moines Register included a 2015 jobs forecast by Gannett-owned CareerBuilder. Among the upcoming “workforce trends” the company identified, 36 percent of employers say they plan to hire new people in 2015. That’s up from last year and the rosiest such outlook since 2006. Check the back of Sunday’s paper for details, or read this longer version we found online.
  • Sunday’s newspaper also had a story on ScoutPro, a company sparked into existence by an agricultural entrepreneurship class at Iowa State University.
  • Last week, The Register used a pair of proposals from President Barack Obama and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as the jumping-off point for an editorial noting that hey, rural Iowans have other problems beyond the Internet. Over the weekend, Iowa’s head of the USDA responded by noting that the government has helped with a few things. Everyone seems to agree that small towns are important.
  • And finally, RealClearPolitics.com was shocked over the weekend when Gov. Branstad, in the midst of calling for full and complete Iowa Caucus participation by the Republican challengers, acknowledged that such things are “good for Iowa’s economy.”
  • And the Los Angeles Times asserted that an improving economy in general makes difficult politics for Republicans. The paper, noting a lot of big conservative political names giving speeches in Des Moines over the weekend, observed that most of them avoided talking about the economy and instead chose to “talk about foreign policy, or immigration, or the power of a mother’s love — anything but a deep dive into the issue that has overarched the last two presidential campaigns.”

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