For John, BLUF: If we want to boost the economy some more we need more vocational education. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
People want more stuff. Regulations, retirements and a lack of parking spaces aren’t helping long-haul truckers get it to them.
From Bloomberg, by Ms Virginia Postrel, 24 June 2018.
Here is the punch line:
The U.S. trucking industry is short about 50,000 drivers, estimates Bob Costello, chief economist for the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage ranked first among industry concerns in the American Transportation Research Institute’s annual survey, released last October.There are jobs out there, like for welders, and HVAC technicians, and truckers. We just have to recruit and train up workers, men and women.
In our Commonwealth of Massachusetts we have about 5,400 students looking to get into technical high schools, who can't. We need to spend the money to make this happen. According to a Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center report it was cost $27 million. I bet it will cost closer to $100 million, and be cheap at twice the price. We just need the General Court to act.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff