Most Influential

Mark Price forgot one in the Morning Must Reads today.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday included Mark in a year-end list of the most influential voices in the world of business, shining a well-deserved spotlight on his work putting the economy in context for Pennsylvanians.

From the report:

Unemployment in Pennsylvania, like that in most of the rest of the country, stayed high throughout 2011. And the economist on the front line of that was Mark Price of the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, whose specialty is labor economics. ...

He said that when unemployment stays high, "it carries with it a lot of risks." Young people have to delay starting their careers, older workers empty their retirement savings. People lose their homes.

In order to help people, he said, government should spend money now, possibly raising revenue through taxes on natural gas extraction. After that, he said, the state can cut spending.

Read the Post-Gazette's full profile of Mark and see who else made the list.

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