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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

How can state create more jobs?

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Greg Peck
February 8, 2013

While politicians from both parties quarrel over numbers in various monthly and quarterly jobs reports, Todd Berry of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says they’re missing the big picture, the fundamental deficiencies that have dragged down job creation in Wisconsin since 1996.

These structural concerns include a low birth rate, an aging population and slow growth in the number of working-age adults. They include having too many bright, college-educated adults leave Wisconsin to seek fortunes elsewhere, in part due to stagnating wages here and a lack of business start-ups that are the main fuel for job growth.

What can and should Wisconsin do to change the grim statistics? We’ll share our perspectives in our editorial Sunday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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