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July 18th, 2016 by

Should New Jersey Jack Up the Gas Tax? by Raymond J. Keating- SBE Council’s “Small Business Policy Index 2016” ranks the 50 states according to 50 different policy measures, including a wide array of tax, regulatory and government spending and performance measurements. SBE Council’s “Small Business Tax Index 2016” ranks the states according to 25 […]

July 8th, 2016 by

The past week’s “How To” articles, educational resources, and business news and success stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan. FINANCING GROWTH WEBINAR, July 12, 4:00 p.m. ET Tools to Access Capital & What is Congress Doing to Help? One of the biggest challenges for entrepreneurs and small businesses today is access […]

June 10th, 2016 by

-Second in the series of reports on key gaps in the U.S. economy- Raymond J. Keating Chief Economist Summary: Compared to the average growth rates prevailing over the past six decades, the U.S. has experienced a historic private investment gap or shortfall during this current recovery/expansion period. This amounts to a lost decade when it […]

June 10th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Recent news on the economy have been pretty bad, including the latest trends on GDP, industrial production, business investment, entrepreneurship and job creation. (For example, see recent SBE Council analyses here, here, here, and here.) The latest CBO Monthly Budget Review provides some additional hints or signals on the economy. And […]

May 18th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest Senior Loan Officer Survey from the Federal Reserve raises more questions about the state of business development. Tighter Standards At the outset, it was noted that regarding commercial and industrial loans, there was some tightening of standards coupled with a decline in demand for such loans. Meanwhile, commercial real […]

April 16th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On April 14, I testified before the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises on the topic of “The JOBS Act at Four: Examining Its Impact and Proposals to Further Enhance Capital Formation.” The focus of the hearing was to not only review what’s happened with […]

March 31st, 2016 by

MNI and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) released the Chicago Business Barometer, also known as Chicago Purchasing Manager Index or Chicago PMI, for March on March 31. The Chicago PMI bounced back by six points to 53.6. A measure of 50 marks the dividing line between expansion and contraction. As noted in the report, […]

March 23rd, 2016 by

  This week marks the 6th year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Is the small business tax credit working? By Barbara Weltman- The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit was created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to encourage small employers to provide health coverage for employees. At the time of creation in 2010, […]

March 16th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating, Chief Economist- Let’s hope the service sector of our economy is chugging along because based on the latest data, consumers and the industrial sector aren’t looking so hot. On March 15, the Census Bureau released its latest numbers on retail sales, and they declined by 0.1 percent in February, which followed […]

March 2nd, 2016 by

We need a new tune by Raymond J. Keating- The under-performing economy continues like a broken record. The story has been the same since this recovery started in mid-2009. That is, for nearly seven years the U.S. has experienced economic growth that, on average, has run at about half of what it should be during […]

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