Politics/Policy

The Government Pushes Manufacturers to Curb Use of Plastic Microbeads

Manufacturers are trying to stay a step ahead of the growing movement at the state and federal government levels to ban “microbeads” of plastic that are used in personal-care products ranging from skin exfoliants to soaps to toothpaste.

A 5 Question Quiz for Any Board Considering a Tax Inversion Deal

You may have thought this trend was behind us, but “tax inversion” acquisitions are still going on across America’s borders, despite U.S.-government efforts to curb them. As a result, many boards are still faced with the difficult choice between shareholder value and patriotism.

Fixing America’s Aging Technology Infrastructure

Some things may, indeed, get better with age—but manufacturing facilities are not one of them.

The ACA’s Excise Tax: Are You Prepared for the 2018 Deadline?

Leaders must always look ahead and take action today against what seems like an uncertain tomorrow.

Alarm Over the U.S.’ Crumbling Transportation Infrastructure Begins to Pull in CEOs

There’s quite a political donnybrook going on in Michigan right now, as business leaders froth at the crumbling condition of the state’s roads, while politicians scramble to finger new funding sources after voters in early May solidly rejected the idea of boosting sales taxes to pay for the repairs. But some experts—in particular Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter, who wrote the book, Move: Putting America’s Infrastructure Back in the Lead—believe other states and cities easily could find themselves in the same place.

CEO Partnerships: The Next Great Leap in Economic Development

In the face of gridlock at the federal level in Washington, D.C., states and cities are turning to the economic development profession as never before for help in spurring their regional economies.

Mid-Marketers Want Congress to Take Action on Tax Reform

If the U.S. middle market—which employs 32 million people—were a country, it would have the 4th largest GDP in the world, according to commercial lender CIT. In addition, it takes in more than $6 trillion in revenues and creates 25% of all U.S. jobs. Based on its size, it would not be difficult for the middle market to effect change, and when it comes to corporate taxes, that’s exactly what the collective group is trying to do.

Tax Cuts Are Becoming Governors’ Favorite Economic Weapon

More governors than ever understand and embrace the idea that cutting and reforming taxes is the best way to improve the business climate, promote job creation, and ensure economic growth. So while politicians in Washington may not have gotten that message, about 20 Republican governors are moving forward with pro-growth tax-relief initiatives in 2015. That is on top of the 14 states whose 2014 tax cuts will take effect this year.

Absence Might Make the Heart Grow Fonder

Maybe it’s time to give politicking a pause.

Thousands of Potential New Regulations Have CEOs Concerned

The federal government plans to pile on thousands of new or tightened regulations in the next few months, and many business chiefs are concerned that this could retard economic growth once again.
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