ASU economist talks Build Back Better Plan

More from this show

Congress and President Biden continue to push for the Build Back Better Plan, a sweeping program that will include everything from efforts to mitigate climate change to expanding medicare. We spoke to Arizona State University economist Dennis Hoffman about what’s in the package.

“About half of the 3.5 trillion expenditure plan is still viable as of today,” Hoffman said.  He added that there was not a lot of capital expansion in 2017-2018 in major corporate tax cuts that was enacted substantially. “Raising minimums up to 15 percent wouldn’t leave that much of a mark,” he mentioned.

Hoffman added that his preference is to tax everyone according to their means to pay for government services. “The cool thing is this does stretch over the next decade and I think that’s important.” He said the benefits include human and physical infrastructure that are going to flow out over the next decade.

Dennis Hoffman, ASU Economist

Illustration of columns of a capitol building with text reading: Arizona PBS AZ Votes 2024

Arizona PBS presents candidate debates

An armed forces bugler playing the trumpet in front of the United States Capitol building.
airs May 26

National Memorial Day Concert 2024

Graphic for the AZPBS kids LEARN! Writing Contest with a child sitting in a chair writing on a table and text reading: The Ultimate Field Trip
May 26

Submit your entry for the 2024 Writing Contest

Rachel Khong
May 29

Join us for PBS Books Readers Club!

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters

STAY in touch
with azpbs.org!

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters: