Category Archives: Economy

Economic Impact: President-elect Trump’s plans should support economic growth

Based on the increase in stock prices since the election, investors believe the Trump administration is going to usher in faster economic growth. Are they being too optimistic? Tax cuts for individuals and corporations, which is a key component of … Continue reading

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Workforce training that focuses on unfilled jobs

The Martinsville area, a manufacturinging powerhouse as recently as the 1980s, has become the poster child for Virginia’s rust belt. Unemployment hit 20% during the bottom of the last recession, and still lingers at 6.8%. Ironically, the Martinsville-Henry County area simultaneously … Continue reading

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The Sugar Industry Wants a Free Market

There are a lot of issues that aren’t Virginia specific but which impact everyone of us and the dynamics of public policy on these issues is reflected in our everyday lives. One of those issues is the price and availability … Continue reading

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The China Syndrome

Conventional wisdom in the U.S. transportation infrastructure community is that our infrastructure is “crumbling,” and that China shows the way forward by “spending more on infrastructure each year than North America and Western Europe combined.” This has also been a … Continue reading

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New EPA Regulations Harm Economic Growth

As Virginia struggles to figure out how to build a more robust economic future, employ more of our citizens in better paying jobs, and encourage those who have left the workforce to come back into it, the federal government’s regulatory … Continue reading

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