So often the phrase “create jobs” is bantered around—especially in an election year. It sounds like politicians or the government can create jobs in the same fashion as in “Let there be light”. In reality, public jobs are not “created”; money is simply reallocated from the private sector to the public sector. If public jobs were considered true employment, all jobs should be government jobs and full employment could speedily be accomplished.
The truth is that productive private jobs cannot simply be created. Rather, a business climate must be fostered so that someone(s) will take a risk to start a business, thus potentially employing people and starting a real payroll. Small businesses provide most of the jobs in the state of Minnesota, and in all of the United States, for that manner. All states hope for large businesses to come and build a new plant and employ thousands of people, but it usually remains just a hope. Therefore, Minnesota must plan for a business climate that both encourages and rewards risk-taking entrepreneurs.