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Jul. 22, 2017 Jobs Guarantee

On Jul. 18, 2017, The New Republic’s Bryce Covert reported “Back to Work: How Democrats can win over Americans left behind in the new economy.” The Center for American Progress has a plan:

“A jobs guarantee would effectively prevent private employers from pitting workers against each other. If the government offered a job to everyone who wants to work, private-sector employees could demand adequate pay, humane schedules, and more generous benefits with less fear of getting fired. In effect, corporate America would be forced to compete with the government for employees—which would put pressure on private employers to provide desirable jobs. If they failed to offer a living wage and good benefits, people could simply leave for better, government-funded work.

So how, exactly, would a federal jobs guarantee work? William Darity Jr., an economist at Duke University who has long advocated for guaranteed jobs, has proposed that employment come with a minimum salary of $23,000 a year—enough to push every American above the poverty line. The CAP proposal looks similar, calling for each job to pay at least $15 an hour plus payroll taxes, or $36,000 a year. Even if the guarantee focuses only on increasing employment for workers without a college degree, CAP says, the plan would create 4.4 million new jobs.”

Copyright 2017 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Feb. 13, 2012 US Brazil Export Opportunities

On Monday February 13, 2012 in San Jose, the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service, City of San Jose, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Consulate General of Brazil in San Francisco, BayBrazil and the US-Brazil Business Council presented “Export Opportunities in Brazil for California Green Companies.” Brazil’s government policies for sustainable energy independence contribute dramatically to its growing economy. This event demonstrated the many resources available for California companies to do business in Brazil.

Joanne Vliet, Director, Silicon Valley Export Assistance Center, U.S. Department of Commerce, Dick Castner of US Chamber of Commerce and Joe Hedges of the City of San Jose welcomed the attendees.

Matthew Mahood, President & CEO, San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce talked about the opportunities for Silicon Valley green technology companies. The Honorable Eduardo Prisco Ramos, Consul General of Brazil in San Francisco gave an overview of Brazil compared to the United States and the consulate’s role in encouraging trade.

Dr. Michael Conniff of the Global Studies Program at the Silicon Valley Center for Global Innovation and Immigration at San Jose State University, moderated the first panel. Natalie Kehle, Analyst  at the International Infrastructure Department, Federation of Industries of the State of Sao Paulo (FIESP) had excellent pointers about doing business in Brazil. Shannon Fraser, a Clean Tech Trade Specialist at the Silicon Valley Export Assistance Center for the U.S. Department of Commerce spoke about the resources available to help business get started. Kathleen McInerney,  Director of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council talked about how her organization increases communication and cooperation between the two countries.

Margarise Correa, Founder of BayBrazil moderated the second panel. Calvin Lam, Commercial Banking Officer at GBC International Bank spoke on the local resources and success stories of Silicon Valley companies in Brazil. Rob Guthrie, Business Initiatives Specialist of the Office of Renewable Energy & Environmental  Exports at the Export-Import Bank discussed the bank’s unique history and how it helps bridge the gaps for trade. Jeff Lund, Vice President of Business Development of Echelon explained how they do business with Brazil.

Carlos Eduardo de Senna Figueiredo, Economist, National Confederation of Industry for Brazil (CNI) gave the closing keynote on Brazil’s economic growth.

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.