Capitol Media Services recently circulated an article by Howard Fischer in which he quotes two economists, Elliott Pollack and Don Wehbey, as saying that “the state ( Arizona ) and the country are headed toward what could be a severe shortage of people in the work force.” Pollack is a private economist. Wehbey is senior economist for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Their foundation for such a statement is a decline in the number of people of working age relative to the total population. In short,
is getting older without producing its own workers fast enough to replace retirees.
This could mean changes in immigration laws to facilitate the arrival of foreign workers, temporary or otherwise. It could also help the case of the millions of foreign workers now in the
and hoping for some form of amnesty or immigration reform.