Morning Fix: 13 Tons & What Do You Get?

    •    Medicaid expansion said to create up to 10,000 new jobs in New Mexico.  State would pay up to $500M; Feds kick in $6.2 Billion.  170,000 NM adults would get health care.  Governor not sure she likes the idea.

    •    Nobody will say what movie or movie stars are the cause of roping off part of downtown.  It's a big secret.

    •    On a slow news day, Channel 7 takes credit for reporting somebody dumped "more than a dozen" tires into the Hahn arroyo.

    •    Running out of room for your books?  The library building of old ABQ High School is for sale:  only $1.7 million.

    •    Rio Rancho mom reads the label, and finds her kid's new pink lunchbox contains lead and chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive harm.

    •    And speaking of Rio Rancho, Money Magazine names RR the 58th Best Place to Live in America.  Don't know why, but I find that surprising.

    •    13 tons of plutonium, including the cores of nuclear warheads, to be trucked to Los Alamos and Carlsbad.  By what route, I wonder.

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Comment by Izquierdo on August 23, 2012 at 8:18am
I have problems with this story. Casual readers will expect that the "new jobs" will be government jobs generated by mostly federal money, and it will leave a bad taste in their mouth. It will also add fuel to the conservative position that all this is bad policy. Writer Quigley doesn't mention the breadth of job creation until late in the story (in the newspaper it's has been "jumped" from page 1 to page 3, buried and likely unread). Nor is the kind of jobs being created and the positive impact on the private sector mentioned. I'd say a more in-depth story is called for with multiple interviews. This story is so skeletal its hard to comment on it, and the lack of information is why an important jobs story was dropped to the bottom of page one under two police stories.
Comment by Michelle Meaders on August 23, 2012 at 9:13am

Why would one assume they were all government jobs?  The article says mostly (Primary) health care jobs, and  others (Secondary) created by the health care workers having income (and presumably, paying taxes).  We were taught in Economics that each primary job supports an average of 8 people: four in the family of the Primary job holder, and another four in the Secondary job holder's family.  It only gives the primary numbers for the beginning and end of the period (2014 and 2020), but you can't tell the pattern between them.

"Its forecasting models showed Medicaid expansion would create 1,500 new jobs in the health-care sector in 2014 and 5,000 in 2020. Spending by these newly employed people would generate new economic activity resulting in more new jobs, she said. BBER forecast up to 10,000 new jobs a year would be created."

It would be really foollish for the Gov. to turn down an 8 to 1 match for these expanded health care services.

Comment by Izquierdo on August 23, 2012 at 12:05pm

Yes, I agree with you completely. What I thought was needed in the Journal story was what you offered, using a second source, if necessary, to flesh out the story. Also the writer should be absolutely clear that not all of these jobs are related to government OR medicine OR drug stores OR ambulance services, but the lifting of all boats in all sectors of the economy. A trickle up effect. Why would people think they were only government jobs? Because "casual" readers miss things, and many already have their minds made up on health care issues. I think Reynis' quotes are completely on target, too. 

Comment by once banned twice shy on August 23, 2012 at 3:04pm

I know why I find it surprising that Rio Rancho would be listed 58th Best Place to Live in America.  Number one would be zero public transportation.  Number two would be sprawl, sprawl, sprawl.  Number three would be lack of soul due to said city's soul being sold to developers.  Number four would be atrocious traffic.  And I'll be circumspect on number five.

Comment by once banned twice shy on August 23, 2012 at 3:07pm

Oh, and number six would be the poison lunchboxes.   However, that's what you get when you buy cheap-o products made in China.  See...those pesky regulations that Republicans hate?  China's got none.  So they can poison kids at will.  Yay free market!

Comment by Izquierdo on August 27, 2012 at 9:35pm

I had study hall in the library building at AHS. I didn't do much studying, but I would build my typing speed by "air" typing on my knees or on the table top during the period. Very few boys could type in those days, and it served me well when I got a job in sports at the Journal and had to take dictation over the phone from sports writers like LeRoy Bearman and Frank Maestas calling in  places like Salt Lake, Provo, Denver, Tucson and Fort Collins. My tying speed is my claim to fame these days. I typed the alphabet on FB in something like three seconds recently. Unfortunately, I am so confident, I don't check for errors and one can almost always find a few. Anyway, a big tribute to the Mrs. Marsh at Albuquerque High, who put me on an IBM electric typewriter for one six-week period, the first and only IBM then in use there. If I had $1.5 million, I'd buy that library/study hall and rent it out for reunions.

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