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(NECN) - Recently, President Barack Obama has been making stops across the United States to bring his economic policy ideas directly to the people.
But locally, New England's economy comes with its own strengths, weaknesses, and policy needs.
Michael Goodman, the Director of the Department of Public Policy at UMass Dartmouth & co-editor of Mass Benchmarks, joined TWIB to help answer some of the questions surrounding the region's economic standing.
"I think, ironically, the state is doing everything that it can do, but it's sort of buffeted by the forces that are happening at the national and international level," he said of Massachusetts' recent increase in jobless rate. "Our federal policymakers could do a lot for the state and national economy simply by reversing some of these counterproductive policies. I think this is not the right time to be cutting spending and investment in things like our infrastructure and research and development."
Watch the attached video for more.