USM speaker favors gov't investment over tax cuts to help economy

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A noted researcher on economic development who spoke at Southern Miss today believes new partnerships involving government, industry and higher education will help turn our economy around. Dr. Maryann Feldman of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill gave the keynote address at this year's awards luncheon for the Graduate Student Research Symposium.

She believes tax cuts alone won't solve our nation's economic woes. Instead, she'd rather see more government involvement in helping to promote good ideas originating from the nation's universities.

"Simply more tax cuts are not going to be very helpful and they're not helpful to small businesses coming here to employ some of the wonderful graduates of this institution, because they are struggling to make a profit," said Feldman.

"And so, they need more investment and more capacity-building than things like tax cuts," Feldman said.

The symposium gives graduate students a chance to present their research to the university community.

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