LINDEN, NJ - The State of the US Economy and Government’s Role in Managing the Economy has been a matter of continuing discussion and debate in recent years. Linden Department of Parks and Recreation offers a six session course. Each session is two hours long and cover the history of the development of the US Economy from earliest days of the Republic up to today’s Economy, the present State of the economy and future challenges of the World’s largest and strongest economy. Each session is a stand-alone and participants can sign up for one or all. All sessions will be held at the John T. Gregorio Center, 330 Helen St. and are free. Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

An Introduction of the US Economy

Topics: A Timeline of the US Economy, How Do We Measure Economic Activity? and Why is the US Economy the Strongest in the World?

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Monday, February 3 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Economic Cycles

Topics: Recessions Early in US History, The Great Depression - 1929-1939, The Great Recession - 2007-2008

Monday, February 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Globalism and the US Economy

Topics: Tariffs vs Free Trade, Trade Agreements and Trade Organizations, Trade Disputes

Monday, February 24 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Government Regulation and Its Effect on the US Economy/Tax Policy

Topics: Wall Street, Corporations, The Federal Reserve, Latest Changes in the Federal Income Tax

Monday, March 2 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Debt and the US Economy

Topic: Private and Public Debt

Monday, March 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Issues and Challenges for the US Economy

Topics: Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid Funding, Income Inequality

Regulation of Wall Street, Climate Change, Alternate Currencies (Bitcoin), Infrastructure Needs,

Health Care Costs

Monday, March 16 from 1:00-3:00 pm

To register online for the classes, visit and click on Community Pass. To register for a senior citizen class visit the John T. Gregorio Center at 330 Helen St. Email for information about classes, or call 908-474-8600. The Parks & Recreation office is located on the second floor at 605 South Wood Avenue.

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