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Keating’s CyberColumn

Hope for High-Tax States

By at 17 April, 2014, 2:37 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- So, how does your state stack up when it comes to tax burdens relating to entrepreneurship, small business and investment? SBE Council’s just-published “Small Business Tax Index 2014” ranks the 50 states based on 21 different tax measures, including income-based tax rates, property and consumption-based tax burdens, death taxes, unemployment levies, […]

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States Hiking Minimum Wages

By at 11 April, 2014, 10:23 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Economic growth has lagged badly in the United States for more than seven years now. It follows, therefore, that job creation and income growth have performed poorly as well. Unfortunately, a host of politicians – at the federal level and in a variety of states – have responded by threatening to […]

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Latino Entrepreneurship: A Bright Spot in the U.S. Economy

By at 3 April, 2014, 7:39 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Immigrants are risk takers. After all, leaving the country of one’s birth to seek a better life in another nation is, to say the least, a risky venture. It’s not surprising then that the U.S. is both a nation of immigrants and a nation of entrepreneurs. It’s also not surprising that […]

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The State of Entrepreneurship in Europe

By at 27 March, 2014, 3:28 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Europe has been economically challenged for quite some time. Is there any good news? Based on new poll results from Gallup, perhaps.  Its focused on entrepreneurship, and the perception of whether certain countries make it difficult or easy to start a busines, as well as the cultural perception of entrepreneurs. In […]

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An Agenda – and Actions – that Destroy Jobs

By at 22 March, 2014, 4:38 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- President Obama continues to pile it on U.S. employers. It’s almost as if his goal is to destroy jobs and hurt the earnings of America’s workforce. There are Obamacare’s regulations and mandates, with businesses incentivized to limit or reduce the number of employees in order to avoid increased labor costs, including […]

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Senator Marco Rubio Outlines His Growth Agenda

By at 13 March, 2014, 3:44 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Sometimes it’s easy to get cynical about politics and the economy, especially given the mess that politics and policy have made of our economy over the past six-plus years. But then an elected official serves up an agenda in a speech that actually makes economic sense, and hope is renewed. On […]

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Obama’s 2015 Budget Plan: DOA, and Here’s Why

By at 5 March, 2014, 6:08 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- President Barack Obama’s administration finally got around to releasing its federal budget plan for FY2015 on March 4. It was, once again, late, failing to meet the statutory requirement of the first Monday in February. The budget is also incomplete as additional parts of it will come next week. The main […]

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Deterioration of Property Rights in the U.S.

By at 28 February, 2014, 9:12 am

by Raymond J. Keating- The Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal recently published the “2014 Index of Economic Freedom”. This annual Index is an invaluable tool for seeing how some 178 nations stack up in terms of the economic freedom, that is, the foundation upon which economic growth and prosperity flourish. How does the United […]

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An Assessment of the Camp Tax Reform Plan

By at 27 February, 2014, 8:44 am

by Raymond J. Keating- Four main reasons exist to undertake a major effort to reform the tax code. First is to substantively reduce and flatten tax rates on productive economic activity, that is, reducing tax rates on working, saving, investing and entrepreneurship. Second would be to reduce the tax burden on capital investment, so as […]

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Why TPA Matters to the U.S. Economy

By at 20 February, 2014, 2:29 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- International trade is central to U.S. economic, employment and income growth. It is critical, therefore, that the U.S. be actively working to lower trade barriers, and thereby, expand opportunity. In terms of our competitive edge in entrepreneurship, intellectual property, technology, and a wide array of specific industries, from software to energy, […]

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