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June 3, 2019In the News

Fortier quoted in Journal Sentinel article "Wisconsin is losing people in their prime working years. Are more foreign workers the answer?"

Journal Sentinel

Michael Best Partner Kelly Fortier was quoted in the Journal Sentinel article "Wisconsin is losing people in their prime working years. Are more foreign workers the answer?"

Unemployment is low, jobs are being created and businesses are having trouble finding workers.

But behind those statistics is a problem that could put the brakes on growth: The number of people in their prime working years is declining.

Wisconsin has 150,000 fewer people between the ages of 25 and 54 than it did in 2007, which could create a host of problems for communities as fewer homes are built, the tax base shrinks and entrepreneurs say no thanks to starting a business. 

"It's a real problem, and I don't think enough people are talking about it," said Kelly Fortier, a lawyer who heads the immigration practice for Michael Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee. "We're going to have a huge workforce problem that will exacerbate the Social Security problem, and immigration, in my opinion, is one part of the solution."

To read the full article, click here.

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