Speaking to a full house at Strings Music Pavilion on Monday night, economist Robert Gordon outlined why he thinks this country’s economic growth won’t be as strong in the coming years as President Donald Trump thinks it will.
Gordon based his prediction of slower economic growth on a number of headwinds facing America, including growing economic inequality, a lack of workers to join the workforce and woes in the education system, such as the rising cost of college degrees during a time when jobs that require them are harder to find.
“I’m here to tell you tonight even the 2-percent growth we’ve had (in recent years) is in jeopardy,” Gordon said.
He said the president is projecting 3- to 4-percent growth with his budget proposal.
Gordon, an economics and social science professor at Northwestern University, did not come to Steamboat without some recommendations to boost economic growth.
And he said the U.S. need look no further than its neighbor to the north for some solutions.
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Gordon recommended a “tremendous” increase in legal immigration and a Canadian-style point system.
Immigrants would be graded on their employment history and language skills.
“It would raise the quality of the American workforce and not threaten to take jobs of low-income workers,” he said.
He also suggested reform is needed in the prison system to avoid having potential workers sitting in jails for extended periods as punishment for non-violent crime.
Gordon also weighed in on the Trump administration and its policies.
He called the administration’s attitude toward immigration “obnoxious.”
“It takes people out of the workforce,” he said. “The best way to help pay for…
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