Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Glass Half Full


City and county staff have been all aflutter about a distribution center setting up shop in town.
"Our city is open for business opportunities in our community and to make a difference in the local economy, but also with the aim of raising the level of quality of life by attracting good-paying jobs," Salinas added.
The mayor was certainly making the rounds in regards to this new development, and he made it a point to underscore the fact that the jobs would pay $11.33 per hour.

That wage would certainly infuse a lot of money into the local economy if in fact 100 positions were to be created and if those positions were full-time.  But I don't know if I would go as far as to say that a job that pays $11.33 is a "good-paying" job. 

A full-time employee at that wage would make $23,566.40 a year.  That's a good supplemental salary, but it comes into question when the median income level in Webb County is 37K, and when you take poverty level numbers into account.


This opening of the distribution center is good news, but we can't ignore, or overstate, the effect it's going to have on people's actual quality of life.  A lot of people can make $23,000 work in their favor, but I can't help but think that things would get complicated.   

We may be the number 1 inland port, but what exactly do we have to show for it?  What say you?

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