Tag: COVID-19

Rural Residents Don’t Count…Themselves?

As COVID-19 continues to plague our nation, the Constitutionally mandated Census limps along. The Census matters to everyone. We use it to allocate resources. We use it to allocate political representation. Sure, statistical sampling would likely provide more accurate answers.But, the Supreme Court has ruled we cannot sample. The Census must actually count. (For more […]

Big Gov? Socialism? Rural America and Federal Money

After I wrote TheNewRural, I spent years traveling across America, talking about technology and rural economic development. Often as we discussed solutions for increasing prosperity off the beaten path, I’d have to remind folks that policymakers heard repeatedly from rural Americans, “We don’t want big government, we don’t believe in government assistance.” And I’d point […]

Business Loss at Great Depression Levels

According to Axios, more business were lost in the last 3 months than all of the Great Recession. This has staggering implications for rural and small towns. According to Robert Fairlie, an economist at UC Santa Cruz, at least 3.3M business shut their doors from February to April of this year. Why does this matter […]

CARES Act – Is the Money Going to Rural America?

A recent op-ed in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette made an interesting claim that the “$3 trillion in coronavirus aid isn’t heading to hometown America, but to large municipalities.” Is that true?  My colleague Marc has a good take on the overall numbers.  There he concludes that rural states are taking in more per capita in coronavirus […]

The Stock Market Has Recovered…Who Cares?

As of the close of the equity markets today, the S&P500, a broad index of stock market performance, has recovered to pre-COVID-19 levels. This is great news for America, right? We only know about the details of household stock ownership from the Survey of Consumer Finances conducted by the Federal Reserve Board every three years. […]