Economic Report: What a Trump Presidency Means for the Economy

Dr. Rick Harper associate vice president of research and economic opportunity.
Dr. Rick Harper, associate vice president of research and economic opportunity.

Donald Trump surprised many when he won the presidential election. In this week’s “Economic Report,” Dr. Rick Harper, who leads the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity, spoke with WUWF 88.1-FM’s Sandra Averhart about how President Trump’s policies will affect the U.S. economy and what his first order of business will be when he takes office in the new year.

“Some of the big campaign issues that will be relatively easy to implement would be thing such as dismantling the financial infrastructure that supports the Affordable Care Act,” Harper said. “Given that, anything which is strictly financial in nature, which does not create new statutory language but simply adjusts the appropriations, can be implemented and be immune from the filibuster which would otherwise require 60 senators, which the Republicans will not have under the new majority. They can get a simple majority to pass changes in the financial structure of Obamacare that will effectively nullify it.”

To read or listen to the complete report, click here.