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Milestone #7: Launched the 4% Project and brought together innovative leaders in economic growth. In the area of economic growth, the Bush Institute has a clear goal: to see the United States achieve real, sustained growth of 4 percent a year. We chose this goal because long-term growth is more important than other pressing economic issues, such as reducing the federal debt, reforming entitlement programs, and improving the tax system. All those economic challenges can be tackled much more easily if the country achieves stronger economic growth, and 4 percent is a realistic aspirational goal that was achieved through most of the nineteenth century. In April we kicked off our program in this area by convening a 4 Percent Growth Conference that featured four Nobel Prize-winning economists, as well as other top policy experts and prominent CEOs and entrepreneurs. Their discussion ranged widely over public and private factors that make strong growth possible, including tax and monetary policy, budget issues, immigration, innovation, federalism, and energy policy. In 2012, we look forward to continuing the momentum with another leverage point for changing the country’s economic discussion when we publish our first book: The 4% Solution: How to Unleash the Economic Boom America Needs in the 21st Century. All of the Bush Institute’s programs in this area will spur research and develop initiatives that will help accelerate America’s economic growth. We will increase awareness of public policies and private business strategies that increase opportunity and prosperity for Americans, steering economic debates toward specific policies and practical measures that can transform our economy into one that consistently grows at a 4 percent annual rate.
Hannah Abney directs strategic communications and messaging for the George W. Bush Presidential Center, leading a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that help advance the Bush Center’s work in developing leaders, fostering policy, and taking action to save and change lives.
Prior to joining the Bush Center, she led public relations activities for consumer and non-profit brands at The Richards Group. Abney also led communications efforts at a national retail trade association in Washington, DC, and served in the George W. Bush Administration in the Vice President’s Office.
A native of Milwaukee, WI, she is a graduate of the Southern Methodist University (B.A., Music) and lives in Dallas with her husband and young sons.Full Bio
TARIFFIED: Trade Talk with Matthew Rooney
This week, trade relations between the U.S. and India are continuing to escalate. Earlier this month, the U.S. stopped granting India special trade privileges by taking away the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, and India has responded by enforcing more tariffs of its own. The George W. Bush-SMU Economic Growth Initiative Director Matthew Rooney breaks down the trade conflict: For more information on trade groups and the global economy, visit www.bushcenter.org/scorecard.
How Trade Spreads Holiday Cheer
It is projected that the average American household will spend more than $1,000 during the holidays this year.
Deporting Salvadorans May Lead to Economic Decline
We should think carefully about a policy whose major impacts are likely to be reductions in employment and economic activity here at home, and increased instability and lawlessness along our borders.
Bush Institute's Laura Collins Talks Immigration on Good Morning Texas
Last week, Deputy Director of Economic Growth at the George. W. Bush Institute Laura Collins spoke with Good Morning Texas about immigration myths. During the interview, Collins had the opportunity to set the record straight and address common misconceptions about legal immigrants living in America today. The segment was inspired from facts released earlier this fall by the Bush Institute in the third edition of America's Advantage: A Handbook on Immigration and Economic Growth. Watch the full Good Morning Texas interview here.