Economic Outlook for The U.S. and Georgia Jeffrey H. Dorfman Slowly Going Back to Work? Lower Workforce Participation Change is Not Due to Old People But Some Have Not Gone Back to Work Federal Spending and Revenue US Budget Picture – What Changed? Percentage Growth Since 2001 40 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 Spending Revenue From 2001 to 2013, all figures adjusted for inflation and population growth. Why Can the Government Afford This? US Budget Outlook Republicans and Democrats will continue to make last minute compromises. Spending is starting to increase again ($65 billion this year). Sequester was working, so it is over. Democrats will push for more tax revenues, but probably won’t get much if any. We will continue with deficits that are 2-3 times what used to be the historical record. 1967 1969 1971 1973 1975 1977 1979 1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011 2013 Minimum Wage $8.00 $7.00 $6.00 $5.00 $4.00 $3.00 $2.00 $1.00 $0.00 Recent Trends In Productivity Source: BLS More on Productivity and Labor Costs Source: BLS Immigration Reform It looks like something will happen this year in Congress. Republicans are proposing citizenship for those brought as kids, legalization for adults. President Obama will agree. If the more extreme on both sides do not block it, looks like a deal will be done. Ag better get a seat at the table if they want to be included. Debt Ceiling Debt limit is reached tomorrow. Treasury can cook the books for 1-3 months. Republicans cannot decide what do ask for in exchange Keystone XL Pipeline, border security, repatriated profits ??? Likely solution is a minor concession to get a deal. Obamacare Problems Still Developing Website still cannot communicate well with insurance cos. Website security still lacking. Insurance Bailout looms if the sign-ups are too old & sick. People are starting to discover issues with doctors, co-pays, etc. This will still be problem for Democrats for at least this year. Georgia Earnings in Food Service and Hospitality Producer Price Index - Manufactured Food Georgia Budget Outlook Revenues for FY14 are +5.1% so far, exceeding the 4.6% needed for budget. December was up 3.8%, but trend is confused by change in car tag tax. AES and CES continue to try to hang on to small gains in budgeted funds, essentially enough to offset some of the increased costs of employee benefits. University as a whole doing better in budget. Georgia Economic Outlook Georgia appears to be finally growing faster than the US average again (after 5 years of slower growth). Georgia economy should grow at 3+% in 2014 Personal and disposable income are both growing, so consumer spending should increase in the 3-4% range Georgia is continuing to outperform right now at landing big new job gains (Engineered Floors, State Farm, GM, AT&T, Toyom Hostess Brands, Tyson Foods). And now … questions Thanks for listening !