Federal Employees Did not Sign Up to be Shut Down

Government Executive | January 07, 2019

Another Trump-era government shutdown continues, this one with no end in sight. The President, who initially seemed to waver in his demands for wall funding, was urged to shut down the government by the far-right Freedom Caucus. Their actions will affect citizens seeking public services. But it will most immediately and negatively hurt the federal employees we rely on to make government work, reflecting a pattern of mismanagement of public service talent under the Trump administration.

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Nine out of 10 middle market executives want to see America's infrastructure get a face lift. So serious are infrastructure issues to these executives that a great many—nearly half—are willing to pay more taxes to support these upgrades. These data points are something President Barack Obama and Congress should consider when crafting plans to boost economic growth. The middle market comprises a third of GDP and employment, but its voice is not often enough heard by politicians and policy makers. Yet middle market firms created 2.3 million jobs last year, adding jobs at a rate of 5 percent—far outpacing job growth among small and large businesses.

Spotlight

Nine out of 10 middle market executives want to see America's infrastructure get a face lift. So serious are infrastructure issues to these executives that a great many—nearly half—are willing to pay more taxes to support these upgrades. These data points are something President Barack Obama and Congress should consider when crafting plans to boost economic growth. The middle market comprises a third of GDP and employment, but its voice is not often enough heard by politicians and policy makers. Yet middle market firms created 2.3 million jobs last year, adding jobs at a rate of 5 percent—far outpacing job growth among small and large businesses.

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