As the workforce transforms, what is government’s role? Two of the political world’s leading voices weigh in.
Millions of students will soon graduate into a workforce radically altered by the pandemic and changes in technology and energy. What is government’s role in this new economy? In partnership with BridgeND, the University of Notre Dame and The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, Common Ground Committee was honored to welcome former Governor John Kasich and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro – recent Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, respectively – to a thought-provoking virtual public forum. Despite widely divergent ideologies, these two prominent political voices were able to find many areas of common ground, including these key takeaways:
1.) Infrastructure is a critical need and Democrats and Republicans should be able to unite behind the idea of investing in housing, roads and bridges, and technology.
2.) The government should take a renewed look at increasing capital investment in lower-income areas, but it should also look at eliminating ineffective corporate loopholes and subsidies.
3.) Education institutions need to become more efficient, and public/private programs that provide education and training should be encouraged.
4.) Wealth inequality is a serious problem, but any program designed to help people escape from economic hardship must thread the needle to encourage people to work.