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    SOTU and Skilled Immigration

    Last night’s State of the Union (SOTU) Address was packed with policy ideas and key issues that President Obama hopes to work on in his second term.  There was a renewed focus on job creation and economic growth.  Immigration reform, among other pro-growth policies, was singled out as one way to achieve both these objectives.  The link between immigration reform and economic revitalization is the reason [...]
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    Great Minds Think Alike

    At ITI, we are always happy when our policy ideas are supported. That’s why we were pleased to see a recent article in the Economist that echoed many of our key suggestions for improving the U.S. economy. The piece is by two leaders of Harvard Business School’s United States Competitiveness Project and contains policy recommendations to get the economy on the right track in 2013. The article mirrors [...]
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    A Helpful Reminder to Politicians: Tax Policy Matters

    Pundits and policymakers’ attention is focused on today’s release of the October jobs data, where we saw the manufacturing sector has added jobs in 28 of the last 33 months, gaining half a million jobs during that timeframe, the most for any such period since the mid-1990s.  That’s a good record, but no one is satisfied with the pace of our economic recovery from the great recession.  We all recognize [...]
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    A Look at the Record: Mitt Romney

    A few weeks ago, in our Veepstakes series, we analyzed where potential Republican running-mates stood on the issues that matter most to the tech industry. Now that both the Republican and Democratic conventions are done and dusted, we have decided to take a closer look at the record of both parties’ presidential candidates. Earlier this week, we analyzed President Obama and his record, and now we take [...]
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    All of the Above

    There is no doubt that today’s jobs report is profoundly disappointing. Alarm bells should be ringing throughout the country at the news that 368,000 people simply left the U.S. workforce in the past month.  The workforce participation rate is at its lowest point since the 1981 recession.  In the days to come, both Presidential campaigns will trade barbs on who and what is responsible for the anemic [...]
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