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Tax Reform and Job Creation Go Hand in Hand(3)

August 5, 2015

I recently sat through two days of state candidates discussing top issues facing Virginia with several dozen business leaders interested in public policy. These discussions made it clear that our economy needs a significant boost and that our tax code needs to be made more relevant to today’s world. In one business survey after another, […]

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How Hard and Effectively do Americans Work?

Jeb Bush recently ignited a political firestorm by making the following comments about economic growth and work: “My aspiration for the country—and I believe we can achieve it—is 4% growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive, workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. […]

Employment Rates Need a Careful Analysis

The unemployment rate is dropping and jobs are becoming more plentiful, but that doesn’t mean workers are in their ideal jobs. Some people who are working are “underemployed.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics officially defines underemployment as someone who wants to work full-time and can only find part-time work. Arizona and California had the highest […]

Interest Rates Will Rise in the Near Future

After six years of an essentially zero percent federal funds rate target, it looks like rates will begin increasing soon. The timing of that rate increase is based on the current and future strength of the economy. However, we get clues about when the rate increase will occur from speeches and interviews of voting members […]

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