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President Obama and Taxes

By at 22 January, 2015, 10:27 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Given his track record on the issue, President Obama did not surprise with his proposals on taxes during his State of the Union, but he did disappoint. While short on details in the actual speech, the same tax themes that the President has pushed throughout his administration came through in this […]


New Congress Pledges To Take on Excessive Regulation

By at 6 January, 2015, 10:39 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Many in the new Congress seem to understand the ills of burdensome regulation. The new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the growth and breadth of new regulation in recent years has been a serious drag on the economy. On CNN’s State of the Union on January 4, McConnell identified […]


5 Issues to Watch for the 2015 Economy

By at 3 January, 2015, 10:49 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest read on U.S. economic growth was a clear positive during an economic recovery that has grossly underperformed since it officially  started in mid-2009. We will not get a read on economic growth for the fourth quarter and all of 2014 until late January. The most recent take was on […]


Small Business Policy Index 2014: Spotlight on Regulatory Costs By State  

By at 19 December, 2014, 10:33 am

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to the policy costs that hurt entrepreneurship, small business growth and investment, it’s not just about taxes, but also regulations. And it’s not just about the federal government, but also about state and local governmental regulatory policy. The Small Business Policy Index 2014 ranks the 50 states according […]


States Act on Crowdfunding While the SEC Dawdles

By at 19 December, 2014, 10:13 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The Obama administration shows great expertise when it comes to bureaucratic delays. That has been the case, for example, on the energy front when it comes to the Keystone XL Pipeline and LNG exports. The same issue persists with Obamacare, as there have been countless delays relating to regulations, and of […]


Reality vs. Rhetoric: The Policy Environment in the States

By at 19 December, 2014, 9:17 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council’s Small Business Policy Index 2014: Ranking the States on Policy Measures and Costs Impacting Small Business and Entrepreneurship has been released, and it tells the tale of a love-hate relationship that elected officials across the country have with entrepreneurship and small business. Of course, nearly […]


Ferguson Violence Hits Small Business

By at 26 November, 2014, 2:22 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- When economists talk about the rule of law being foundational to any economy, it is not just some vague, philosophical notion. Rather, it is a very real, tangible requirement. And we, unfortunately, are seeing in Ferguson, Missouri, what happens when the rule of law is seriously undermined. Business owners understand that […]


A New Opportunity for Pro-Growth Tax Reform

By at 18 November, 2014, 10:48 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The political wave that hit American politics this past Election Day must not go to waste when it comes to moving public policy in a different, productive direction. Perhaps the greatest opportunity to make a significant contribution to boosting our economy in the near term and over the long haul is […]


The Full Third Quarter Growth Story, and the Investment Shortfall

By at 31 October, 2014, 7:39 am

by Raymond J. Keating-  The topline story on U.S. real economic growth in the third quarter was a good one, based on data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on October 30. Annualized, seasonally adjusted real GDP grew by 3.5 percent in the third quarter. That came after 4.6 percent growth in the […]


GAO Report: The Benefits of Eliminating U.S. Restrictions on Crude Oil Exports  

By at 23 October, 2014, 6:30 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Back in the 1970s, Congress imposed restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports in response to the Arab oil embargo. One can certainly debate the wisdom, or lack thereof, of such a step, but given the energy revolution going on in the U.S. thanks to technological advancements – such as improvements in […]


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