Ready for a Second Stimulus?

  Government, Politics and the Economy Stimulus Plan: Where are the Jobs? That is the $787 billion question: Where is all that government stimulus money, and why hasn't it stemmed the rising tide of US unemployment? BusinessWeek.com Second Stimulus: Democrats Split Democrats in Congress are divided over whether to push for more deficit spending to end the recession and stem job losses, complicating the possibility of a second stimulus bill. Bloomberg.com Management and Operations [Read Full Article]


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  Government, Politics and the Economy Build America Bonds Signal Lower Appeal of Municipal Debt Barack Obama may be the worst thing that ever happened to tax-exempt bonds, but states and municipalities are loving his Build America Bonds, at least so far. Bloomberg.com Experts: Economy is Going to Improve Sure, the US economy may have contracted sharply in the first quarter, but according to some economists, there are sunnier skies are on the horizon. FoxNews.com Management and Operations [Read Full Article]


Fighting to Launch: The Tale of Nautical Tours

  Government, Politics and the Economy Securities Industry: Leave Executive Comp to Boards, Not Lawmakers The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association released guidelines for how financial services firms should tie compensation to long-term performance and risk management, saying that executive pay should be decided by company boards, not by legislators or regulators. Workforce.com Fixing the Economy: Is Obama Flubbing the Fix? With the administration backtracking on major regulatory reform, some critics saying that Obama is squandering a rare opportunity. BusinessWeek.com [Read Full Article]


Main Street Continues to Shed Jobs

  Government, Politics and the Economy Little Hope and Less Hiring on Main Street Some may see signs of economic recovery on the horizon, but that news doesn't seem to have made it to the shops on Main Street. According to payroll processor ADP, small businesses shed more than four times as many employees as larger businesses did over the last month. CNNMoney.com Inflation: Are the Fears Overstated? We have been hearing warnings that President Obama's economic policies will lead to a terrible outbreak of inflation, and they may, but an immediate outbreak is improbable. WSJ.com Management, Taxes and Fin... [Read Full Article]


Healthcare Declared an Economic Issue

  Government, Politics and the Economy Congress Takes on Healthcare Congressional Democrats have set out to realize a goal that has eluded presidents and lawmakers for the past 60 years: an overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system. Bloomberg.com White House: Healthcare is an Economic Issue According to some in Washington, the tax-free benefits that Americans now enjoy offer American workers too much free or low-cost access to too many healthcare services, and that is why healthcare is so expensive. Breitbart.com/AP Management, Taxes and Financial Issues [Read Full Article]


Healthcare Reform: New Taxes vs. a New Direction

When President Obama said he wanted to spread the wealth, he wasn’t kidding. The budget, stimulus, bailouts—the numbers are so large that they are beginning to lose meaning to the average American. Now he is pushing universal healthcare, with the same astronomical numbers attached, and to pay for it, he wants to tax employer-paid health benefits as well as impose a number of sin taxes on things like sports drinks and soda, snack foods and such. Never mind that he will be driving up the cost of living for millions of Americans, he will be eliminating one of the major incentives for employers to offer healthcare coverage in the first place.  astrid 10.2625 Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } [Read Full Article]


Talking Cap-and-Trade with the CEOs

  Government and Economy Obama's Budget: The Picture of Austerity? President Obama defended the $17 billion in cuts he’s making in his record-breaking $3.55 trillion budget, deflecting criticism and trying to make the case that his budget in an exercise in restraint. Politico.com Climate Czar Talks Cap-and-Trade With CEOs White House climate “czar,” Carol Browner, is set to meet with executives from companies seeking more business-friendly rules to the President's proposed cap-and-trade legislation. Bloomberg.com Management and Financial Issues [Read Full Article]


New Legislation to Help Small Business with Healthcare

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) have introduced legislation – for consideration in the upcoming Congressional health care reform debate – designed to make insurance more available and affordable for the 47.0 million employees of the nation’s 5.9 million small businesses and for 14.0 million self-employed individuals.  A diverse coalition of stakeholders from across the political spectrum and each with their own priorities for broader reform have joined together to support the bipartisan Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) and address the needs of small businesses as one important component of health reform.  The bipartisan Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, the National Association of Realtors, the Service Employees International Union, the National Partnership for Women & Families, Families US... [Read Full Article]