Forget job count; focus on wage theft

mike owenSet aside for a moment Beth Townsend’s indefensible defense of using politics instead of math to count jobs in her role as director of Iowa Workforce Development. (Beyond job numbers: How IWD serves Iowans, Dec. 21.)

Consider, rather, how many other times you have seen the director’s commentary on the pages of the Register or any Iowa newspaper discussing how her agency can encourage economic stability for Iowa’s working families. Very few, I expect.

I’d like to see the director on those pages more often, to explain how she proposes to deal with a very real issue faced by many of those families: wage theft.

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