For those that ask why they should care about high education costs when they don't have children, Boyle has a ready answer. "The indebtedness of our young people affects the economy, particularly industries such as real estate," he said. "Young people are delaying purchasing home because of their large student loans."
With this prevalence of low-wage jobs, Mississippi taxpayers are hardly getting a good deal relative to their massive giveaway to Nissan. To secure Nissan's $2 billion investment and the promise of thousands of high-paying jobs, Mississippi provided a variety of subsidies worth fully 65% of what Nissan itself has shelled out for the plant and equipment. This is a stunningly high ratio even by corporate-cozy Southern standards.