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October 7th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Wyoming ranked 4th 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 2017: Wyoming ranked 4th […]

October 6th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- With Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the data in the latest jobs report for September from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics have to be viewed carefully. And when we get to the data mainly unaffected by these terrible storms, good news emerges. First, it’s important to understand that the jobs report […]

October 5th, 2017 by

Small Business Policy Insider Special Edition: Tax Reform 2017   A series on key reform measures in the unified framework and their importance to entrepreneurship and small business growth by Raymond J. Keating- The very existence of the alternative minimum tax (AMT) is a result of Congress and the White House over the decades being […]

September 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: West Virginia ranked 30th 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 2017: West Virginia ranked […]

September 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On September 27, the U.S. Census Bureau released its first look at durable goods for August 2017. Census reported: “New orders for manufactured durable goods in August increased $3.9 billion or 1.7 percent to $232.8 billion…This increase, up two of the last three months, followed a 6.8 percent July decrease. Excluding […]

September 27th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- As Congress and the White House work to hammer out a pro-growth tax reform and relief package, it pays to take a look at the states for some inspiration. For the past six years, SBE Council has published the “Small Business Tax Index,” which ranks the states according to key tax […]

September 25th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- No economic or fiscal reasoning can justify the imposition of an estate, or death, tax. It’s merely a political tool of the class-warfare variety. Ending the death tax should be an easy item to check off the tax reform priority list. It destroys family-owned businesses and wastes vast amounts of resources […]

September 21st, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Americans have great confidence in small businesses. Gallup has reported that “70% of Americans have ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in small business, more than three times the 21% confidence rating for big business.” On the small business level of confidence, it was noted, “This year’s 70% […]

September 18th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating Industrial production, in particular, manufacturing production, has been an ongoing concern. Prior to August, manufacturing output was flat in July, and had been on an up-and-down roller coaster ride since February. And then Texas and Florida – the second and third largest states in the nation – were hit by Hurricanes […]

September 15th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The August retail sales report from the U.S. Census Bureau was a disappointment. Not only did retail sales decline by 0.2 percent in August, but July’s positive growth rate was revised down from 0.6 percent to 0.3 percent, and June’s went from a gain of 0.3 percent to a tiny […]

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