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August 3rd, 2018 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that was passed and signed into law in December 2017 served as a good start in moving our burdensome tax system in a pro-growth, pro-entrepreneur, pro-investment direction. The House Ways and Means Committee is working to keep the ball rolling forward with its Tax Reform […]

August 1st, 2018 by

Small Business Insider by Raymond J. Keating- It’s actually hard to imagine a more positive declaration on the economy than the monetary policy statement released by the Federal Open Market Committee on August 1. The opening paragraph speaks of strong growth, solid job gains, and strong growth in business and consumer spending, along with tame […]

July 27th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider: The Economy by Raymond J. Keating- Second quarter real GDP growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, grew at a strong 4.1 percent annualized rate. That was the fastest growth rate since the third quarter of 2014. It also was a sharp step up from sluggish growth over the previous […]

July 24th, 2018 by

Small Business Insider    by Raymond J. Keating- Strong economic growth for the second quarter of 2018 is expected when the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis releases its latest GDP data on Friday, July 27. If that turns out to be the case, then a significant chunk of the American public will not be surprised, […]

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 […]

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