Keating’s CyberColumn

September 28th, 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 “Big 6” negotiators and President Trump’s tax plan framework calls for allowing all businesses to expense capital investments. A recent SBE Council […]

September 20th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- From at least 2007 to 2016, U.S. entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and workers were beaten down thanks to misguided and costly government actions, including tax hikes and increased regulatory costs. (The policy ills, along with proposed remedies, were spelled out in a November 2016 SBE Council report.) The U.S. desperately needs […]

September 13th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Government regulations always hit smaller businesses much harder – including by discouraging new entrants into the regulated industry – than their larger competitors. That goes for regulating the financial industry as well, such as via the Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. Perhaps the most glaring problem with the Dodd-Frank law is […]

September 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- It’s as predictable as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west. What am I referencing? The response of the Left, various elected officials and much of the media to proposals to cut taxes, especially when it comes to tax relief including upper-income earners and businesses. Whether it’s […]

August 31st, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Mention Labor Day, and people tend to think about either the unofficial end-of-summer three-day weekend, or a symbol of the labor union movement. Most workers, however, are not celebrating labor unions on Labor Day. At SBE Council we believe it is important to celebrate all human capital, especially the entrepreneurs who […]

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 19th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Entrepreneurship long has been viewed as part of the American Dream, part of the DNA of Americans, and embedded in our culture. And U.S. entrepreneurship has been a key competitive advantage in the global economy. But are things changing – for the worse? Millions of “Missing” Businesses Well, there are […]

March 29th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Throughout its eight years, the Obama administration was relentless in its opposition to carbon-based energy resources, leading many observers to refer to a “war on coal” and a “war on energy.” That war is coming to an end. Not only has President Trump reversed the Obama White House by approving the […]

March 3rd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- There are rare moments when government establishes a regulatory framework that works pretty well. That had been the case with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as the regulator of online privacy for the past two decades. As U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Z) explained in an oped in the March 1 Wall […]

February 22nd, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The 21st annual Small Business Policy Index, which ranks the 50 states based on their policy climates for small business and entrepreneurship, was just published by SBE Council. The Inex arguably is the most comprehensive assessment of state policymaking toward small business, and is based on 55 different policy measures. We’ve […]

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