Friday Roundup: An upside to NIMBY?, farmers & taxes, state unemployment rate drops.

There are always a few items we’ve read during the week that deserve more attention but don’t make it into our regular posts. So we bundle them for the Friday roundup.

Here’s this week’s bundle:

Joel Kotkin: Two Cheers for NIMBYism

So why only two cheers for NIMBYs? Anti-density activists still need to come up with an alternative housing agenda. You just can’t say no to everything. Communities should embrace some new alternatives, both on the periphery and by building appropriately dense housing in redundant office parks, warehouses and, most particularly, the growing number of semi-abandoned, older malls. These areas can provide housing without overstressing the roads and other infrastructure.

NIMBYs are not the biggest threat to the California dream. That honor goes to planners and speculators seeking to reshape our state and limit the opportunities for single-family and other family-friendly housing. 

Daily Yonder: Letter From London: Death, Taxes, and Farming 

While many people earn much more than family farmers by getting a good salary in town, they get the wool pulled over their eyes because they never actually see the taxes they pay — they’re deducted before their paycheck is written…Payroll deductions and “take home pay” are nothing less than a stroke of government genius.

We don’t pay withholding. But farmers write lots of checks for things in addition to taxes, like seeds, feed, fertilizer, and pesticides. We buy machines and trucks, and fuel to power them. We spend tons more than we get. And we pay taxes on a lot of that. That’s because here in my County and all the other rural counties in Missouri, farm real estate and property tax pays for local education, roads, and law enforcement.

Associated Press: Washington unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

In the latest numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the private sector added 14,300 jobs, while the public sector saw an increase of 5,700 jobs.

The biggest job growth was seen in government, which added 5,700 new jobs, followed by education and health services at 5,000 jobs