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Will the War on Coal Create Jobs?

By at 13 June, 2012, 11:24 pm

Energy & Entrepreneurs Inhofe vs. Jackson on the EPA by Raymond J. Keating   U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has made his views clear as to what he thinks of the Obama administration’s ramped up regulation of coal. In early June, he called the Utility MACT rule “the first step to kill coal in the […]

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The Fed’s Latest Data on Credit (April 2012)

By at 8 June, 2012, 11:32 pm

Capital & Credit Watch   Consumer Credit and Consumer Mindset by Raymond J. Keating   Changes in consumer credit outstanding provide some additional insight into the mindset of consumers. After all, confident consumers that see robust economic growth and job creation occurring now and promised into the future are far more likely to borrow for […]

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“Krueger: Obama’s Kind of Economist”

By at 31 August, 2011, 9:24 pm

In an August 31, 2001 Op-ed in The Washington Times, SBE Council Chief Economist Raymond Keating takes a look at President Obama’s new selection to head up the Council of Economic Advisors: Alan Krueger. “It’s hard to find an economist who questions the relationship between the minimum wage and employment, specifically, that a higher minimum wage […]

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Washington Times: Obama’s Regulatory Review

By at 26 August, 2011, 7:37 pm

In an August 26 Op-Ed in The Washington Times, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews the current regulatory state in light of President Barack Obama’s regulatory review meant to relieve businesses of red tape and outdated rules.  As Kerrigan notes in the piece, “the burden of the existing system, made worse by the torrent […]

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The Hill: “Spectrum – An Idea We Can Agree”

By at 28 July, 2011, 7:38 pm

In a July 27, 2011 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council President & CEO, Karen Kerrigan, reflected on an issue both Democrats and Republicans agree on, making more spectrum available in the wireless market. This can help spur investment and lower the deficit without increasing taxes. In the article, Kerrigan wrote: “Making more spectrum available will […]

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Washington Times: “Apps for an Edge”

By at 19 July, 2011, 7:40 pm

In this Washington Times piece, SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan covers the ways that wireless technologies are helping the economy, and specifically small business owners. Kerrigan notes a recent study by SBE Council – “Saving Time and Money With Mobile Apps” – which shows that entrepreneurs are turning to mobile apps to operate their businesses […]

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DC: “Rogue Sites a Threat to Innovation”

By at 18 May, 2011, 7:41 pm

In a May 18, 2011 Daily Caller op-ed, SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan reflected on how the Internet presents a danger to businesses through intellectual property theft. In the article Kerrigan wrote: “Rogue sites are incredibly sophisticated and deceptive, oftentimes duping consumers into purchasing or downloading illegal – and sometimes unsafe – products. Not only are the […]

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Salt Lake Tribune: Mike Lee and Google

By at 29 March, 2011, 7:47 pm

In a March 29, 2011 Salt Lake Tribune Op-ed, SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan reflected on how Google’s search engine dominance may hurt small businesses. In the article Kerrigan wrote: “For many small businesses across the country, visibility on the Internet is the difference between success and failure. Being found anywhere at any time on […]

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The Hill: “Countering America’s Regulatory Burden”

By at 17 February, 2011, 7:48 pm

In a February 17, 2011 op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan reflected on how entrepreneurs and business leaders view regulation, and how it is impeding competitiveness and economic growth. She said common ground might be found in relieving American businesses of the regulatory burden through recent actions taken by the U.S. House and the White House. In the article […]

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President Obama’s State of the Union Speech

By at 26 January, 2011, 9:50 pm

A Disappointing and Confused State-of-the-Union President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address started out with some promise, but in the end, while it did not necessarily surprise, it did disappoint.  In a Daily Caller piece, SBE Council chief economist Raymond Keating reviews the President’s speech and his policy initiatives.

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