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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 […]

May 7th, 2017 by

  How NOT To Do Tax Reform by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Louisiana ranked 22nd 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 […]

May 5th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Productivity took a dive in the first quarter of this year, continuing a historic, extended period of grossly under-performing productivity growth. Nonfarm business sector labor productivity (as the Bureau of Labor Statistics notes, productivity is output per hour, “calculated by dividing an index of real output by an index of hours […]

May 3rd, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Week 2017 was held April 30-May 6.  It is one focal point on the yearly calendar to celebrate and appreciate entrepreneurs, small businesses and their employees, and all that they accomplish in terms of innovation, job creation and economic growth. It’s also an appropriate time to take an […]

April 28th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Nebraska ranked 35th 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: Nebraska ranked 40th among […]

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