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June 16th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Unevenness and under-performance persists in the U.S. economy as entrepreneurs, businesses and investors await strong pro-growth policies from Washington, D.C., in terms of tax and regulatory relief and reform. May’s Report and Recent Months Industrial production in May, according to the Federal Reserve, showed no growth. (Industrial production measures the real […]

June 12th, 2017 by

Can Anyone Lead the State Out of Its Deep Policy Hole? by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: New Jersey ranked 49th, or second worst, among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2017” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory […]

June 2nd, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- There’s no getting around the fact that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May jobs report was pretty bad, which followed on a mixed report for April. Let’s consider 5 points: 1- Nonfarm payrolls increased by a mere 138,000 in May. That compared to 174,000 in April and 50,000 in […]

June 1st, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Nevada ranked best among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2017” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2016: Nevada ranked second best […]

May 24th, 2017 by

“Taxachusetts” Living Up to Its Name? by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Massachusetts ranked 37th among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2017” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax […]

May 19th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- As the tax reform debate proceeds, it’s important to understand that entrepreneurs and businesses are not only concerned about the corporate income tax rate, but also the individual income tax rate. After all, roughly 95 percent of U.S. businesses as non-C-Corps pay the personal rather than the corporate income tax. For […]

May 17th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small business optimism remained strong heading into the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest Gallup/Wells Fargo Small Business Index. While down slightly from a measure of 100 in the first quarter, the second quarter came in at a solid 95. Those are by far the strongest levels since […]

May 17th, 2017 by

Damaging to Small Business Growth, Competitiveness and Investment by Raymond J. Keating- As the tax reform debate proceeds, it’s important to understand that the U.S. currently imposes one of the highest corporate income tax rates on the planet, and that rate affects small companies as well as large firms. Consider some key points, based on […]

May 15th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Texas ranked second best among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2017” ranks the 50 states according to 55 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. Small Business Tax Index 2016: Texas ranked […]

May 12th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- First quarter economic growth was very disappointing at a woeful 0.7 percent. But crawl inside the data, and it gets a bit strange. Private investment has under-performed since before the Great Recession, but it showed some life in the first quarter. Meanwhile, it was consumer spending that slowed dramatically. See […]

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