CIRAS Digest: Friday, May 1, 2015

  • Spring is here. And that means a break-even year for farmers, according to The Des Moines Register.
  • John Angelos, the chief operating officer of the Baltimore Orioles, took to Twitter and cable television earlier this week to blame some of the unrest there on the disappearance (over 20 years) of the city’s manufacturing jobs. The Baltimore Business Journal story has links and quotes from the interviews.
  • Meanwhile, a Wisconsin web site (which can’t be named here without ruining my ability to link to it), has an opinion piece from two Democratic U.S. senators arguing for more legislation to boost American manufacturing. Among the notions: The Career Ready Act, which encourages school districts to keep track and report indicators on students’ readiness for work.
  • And in Arkansas, Gov. Asa Hutchison kicked off the first Arkansas Manufacturing Innovation Summit this week by saying that strengthening the industry was a “national security” issue. According to The City Wire, he advocated that former felons be given an opportunity to re-enter the workforce after leaving prison.
  • Patent trolls are the problem, according U.S. senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee (chaired by Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa). The Iowa Republican has details (and a lot of lengthy quotes) about new legislation that allegedly will fix the problem.
  • Seeking Alpha cites two Fed reports under a headline which insists that “manufacturing falls apart in the middle of the U.S.” It boils down to horrible numbers tied to surveys from Texas and a region bounded by Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming and western Missouri.
  • And speaking of vast stretches of empty, The Register says MidAmerican Energy is investing $900 million more in wind energy. Two more wind farms. The utility now has $6.7 billion tied up in the wind.

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