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    Disapproving of EPA’s CO2 Regulations

    Whatever prospects lie ahead for cap and trade legislation moving through the Senate might not matter if the Environmental Protection Agency continues forward on its path to regulate carbon dioxide. The EPA’s endangerment finding, which took place earlier this year, gives the agency the authority to use Clean Air Act … More

    Financial Regulation: Small Business, Little Role

    It’s a small issue, but a telling one. As the Senate continues to debate financial regulation, two senators — Olympia Snowe of Maine and Mark Pryor of Arkansas — have proposed an amendment to ensure that regulators consider the effects of new rules on small businesses. Specifically, the two would … More

    Side Effects: Small Businesses Still Left Empty-Handed

    One of the great promises of Obamacare, you’ll recall, was that it would give folks working in small businesses better access to affordable care.  “It works for small business owners,”   Nancy Pelosi announced, “providing access to affordable group rates and creating a tax credit for them to help them … More

    How Obamacare Impacts Small Business

    Small businesses will bear a significant burden under Obamacare. New regulations, mandates, taxes and numerous costs will impact how companies operate. The National Federation of Independent Business counted all of these new requirements and came up with 25 ways the new health care law changes life for business owners over … More

    Obamacare: No Friend of Small Business

    Obamacare was marketed to the American people as health care reform that would expand coverage to reduce the number of uninsured.  One of the ways this would be accomplished, proponents said, was by making it easier for small business to offer insurance.  Small businesses are the backbone of the American … More

    Side Effects: New Tanning Tax Burns Business Owners

    In the days and weeks following the signing of Obamacare into law, Administration officials have attempted to promote all of the legislation’s immediate impacts. Owners of tanning salons across the country are already seeing one of those immediate impacts—a whopping 10% tax. One salon owner in Western Oregon laments in an … More

    A Bag Idea: DC’s Newest Tax Hurts Businesses, Consumers

    DC lawmakers tried to sugarcoat the five cent per bag tax on store bought items, calling it a fee rather than a tax. The tax has been in effect in the District of Columbia since New Year’s Day. Stories in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and other media … More

    Tax-Credit-for-Hire: Another Failed Stimulus Policy in the Pipeline

    As President Obama continues campaigning for yet another round of stimulus it appears now that even democrats are beginning to question the soundness of this strategy.  This new focus includes a $5,000 tax credit—among other items— for any business that hires a new worker—effective the year the legislation is passed. … More

    A Pledge Small Businesses Do Not Need

    Facing the stark reality of double-digit unemployment and the failure of his first $862 billion economic stimulus, President Barack Obama unveiled his second stimulus plan last month including a mix of subsidies and government-subsidized loans targeted solely at small business. Obama’s Second stimulus will be funded in part by roughly … More

    Morning Bell: The President's Permanent Political Slush Fund

    After suffering major electoral and legislative defeats last month, President Barack Obama took to the campaign trail in Nashua, New Hampshire, pitching his administration’s latest new plan to lower our nation’s double digit unemployment rate. This time, the President hopes to do for small businesses what Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac … More