Keating’s CyberColumn

July 6th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Some of the headline numbers in the June jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics require explanation. There were solid job gains, and labor force participation experienced a big jump. SBE Council also monitors the number of self-employed in the monthly report, which is an important measure of entrepreneurship. […]

July 2nd, 2018 by

A State of Policy Extremes   by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to policymaking affecting entrepreneurship and small business, Washington is a state of extremes. According to SBE Council’s Small Business Policy Index 2018: Washington ranked seventh best among the 50 states. “Small Business Policy Index 2018” ranks the 50 states according to 55 […]

May 3rd, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2018: California ranked worst – number 50 – among the 50 states. SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2018” 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: […]

April 20th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small business confidence remains high, and pro-growth policy changes on the tax and regulatory fronts have a lot to do with that optimism. Consider, for example, the Vistage CEO Confidence Index (Q1 2018) from small and mid-size CEOs. The Index finds confidence remains very high, although it slipped a bit at […]

April 19th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The next look at a major economic measure comes on Friday, April 27, when we get the initial estimate on first quarter GDP growth. In the meantime, however, a few tidbits of valuable information have been released this week. Consumer Spending Up First, we received a taste of what the consumer […]

March 28th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- Reforming and modernizing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to reduce complexity and cut the costs of tax compliance is a big priority for American small business. Therefore, it’s good to see bipartisan efforts moving forward in Congress on this front. Why does this matter? In October […]

March 15th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The tax relief plan passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December was a major, positive step forward for America’s entrepreneurs, small businesses, workers and economy. For example, reducing the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%; providing a 20-percent deduction for pass-through business income for […]

February 21st, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The federal government’s policy decisions during and after the recession that began in late 2007 and ran to mid-2009 turned out to be a model of what not to do. Policymaking under the Obama administration and Congress featured massive increases in government regulation, spending and intrusiveness, along with two major tax […]

February 14th, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- According to reports published on the morning of February 14, we saw that inflation ran too hot in January, and retail sales were too cold. Inflation According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI inflation hit 0.5 percent in January. Over the past year, inflation registered 2.1 percent. That’s quite […]

January 12th, 2018 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Friday (January 12) morning brought some good news on Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation. Specifically, CPI inflation came in at only 0.1 percent for December. That’s a welcome slowdown compared to higher rates in the three of the previous four months. In fact, over the past three months, CPI inflation […]

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