Swenson on Trump economy, casinos, ag workers

November 13, 2017

DAvid SwensonDavid Swenson, associate scientist, answered questions form Jeff DeYoung, Iowa Farmer Today, about the number of foreign born workers in the state’s ag and ag-related industries.

Swenson talked with Brian Morelli, Cedar Rapids Gazette, about the monopoly characteristics of state-authorized casinos and why they’re not allowed to compete with one another.

He also was interviewed by Kathie Obradovich, Des Moines Register, about how well the economy thus far in the Trump administration was doing as compared to the previous performance of the past couple of years.

Swenson also, spoke with Brian Baskin, Wall Street Journal, for a story about the new Kraft foods plant in Davenport (employing eventually from 700 to 900 workers) replacing an old plant that employed 1,400 workers and whether the food industry is a substantial part of the Quad Cities’ industrial mix.

He was also interviewed by Sue Danielson, Radio Iowa, about the prospects for holiday shopping and by Trent Rice, Trent Rice Show, KASI Radio, about the phasing out of production tax credits that subsidize wind energy and the longer term prospects for the industry.

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