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April 23rd, 2017 by

   by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Ohio ranked 10th 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: Ohio ranked 8th […]

April 21st, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Two notable takes on the economy were served up this week. Let’s take a quick look at key points from each. Manufacturing Production Off. For March, industrial production (which measures the real output of the manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities industries) rose by 0.5 percent. But that was […]

April 16th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Two pieces of economic data were released on Friday, April 14. Taken together, they contribute to the mixed picture on our economy, which hopefully can be left behind for robust growth soon with significant policy changes in Washington, D.C. CPI Inflation Settles Down First, the latest Consumer Price Index report released […]

April 13th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: New York ranked 48th 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: New York ranked […]

April 7th, 2017 by

  Is More Tax Relief on the Way? by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: North Carolina ranked 14th 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. […]

March 31st, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- The February personal income report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis offered a few numbers that warrant concern for early 2017. First, real disposable income (i.e., personal income less personal current taxes, which is the amount of income left for spending, saving and investing) rose by 0.2 percent in […]

March 29th, 2017 by

State May Get Costlier and Less Competitive by Raymond J. Keating- Small Business Policy Index 2017: Delaware ranked 34th 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 […]

March 24th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The February durable goods report offers a mixed, at best, story on private business investment. In fact, there are some key points that generate continued concerns. Read why the durable goods report is an important indicator for the economy here. The topline report from the U.S. Census Bureau was: “New orders […]

March 17th, 2017 by

by Raymond J. Keating- According to the latest industrial production numbers released by the Federal Reserve on March 17, while production in the overall industrial sector was flat for February, both manufacturing and mining output rose solidly. The big negative in industrial production came on the utilities front – with output there dropping by 5.7 […]

March 16th, 2017 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- On March 15, the Federal Reserve decided to up the range of the federal funds rate by a quarter point to ¾ to 1 percent. This was expected by the market and in policy circles, and it amounts to having little economic effect in the short run. After all, as […]

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