CIRAS DIGEST: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

  • Because it’s that time of year, The Kansas City Star has a story on the economic impact of the caucuses. (Talk of a windfall remains “just bogus,” according to an Iowa State University economist.)
  • And speaking of the politicians, the Cedar Rapids Gazette ran a guest editorial over the weekend from two manufacturers. Their message, not quite surprisingly, is that “it’s time to talk about manufacturing.”
  • Manufacturing, interestingly enough, “roared back to life in January,” according to Business Insider.
  • On other topics, Iowa Workforce Development continues working on a plan to overhaul how some of its services are provided.
  • And the Quartz website has an article providing context for the Branstad-Cruz rift, in case you’re out of town and have no background in the Iowa economy.
  • Also, The Week has an article suggesting that federal wage subsidies – where the government pays a chunk of the hourly wage for manufacturers – would be a good tool to use in luring jobs back from China. The article also advocates expanding America’s source of cheap energy by building more nuclear power plants.
  • And KCCI-TV in Des Moines has a story saying Iowa egg farms are “slowly recovering” from last year’s bird flu. But still, it’s a hard thing to replace all those chickens…

That’s it. Thanks for reading.

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