Keating’s CyberColumn

July 22nd, 2016 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- It’s not unusual to hear proclamations that political party platforms don’t matter. After all, they’re not binding on any candidates or officials. I’ve always disagreed. If you think that ideas matter in politics and policy – and I most certainly do – then party platforms do very much matter. These […]

July 15th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- On July 15, the Federal Reserve released its report on June industrial production. Depending on one’s outlook, this latest report either provides some hope for the beginning of an upturn in the industrial sector, or it simply indicates further meandering in an industrial sector that has been in a recession for […]

June 30th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If state taxes matter to professional athletes, you can bet that the burden of state and local taxes matter to entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors. In a June 25, 2016, article, Harris Solis and Josh Horowitz note the role that state and local taxes play regarding where NBA players hit […]

June 23rd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Babson College released The State of Small Business in America 2016 survey earlier this month, and it hits on some of the big opportunities and challenges for small businesses in today’s economy. The survey is based on 1,800 respondents with businesses that have at least four workers and $150,000 in revenues, […]

June 15th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The regulatory burdens imposed on U.S. entrepreneurs, businesses, workers and consumers are massive, and growing. That’s why “A Better Way to Grow Our Economy” plan unveiled by the “Relieving Regulatory Burdens” Task Force, led by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), is both welcome and vital. In recent years, the federal […]

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 […]

June 3rd, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Quite simply, there’s nothing positive in the May employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Indeed, these jobs numbers were abysmal. Consider 7 key points: 1. Downward Trend in Payroll Gains. According to the establishment (or payroll) survey, the employment gain for May was a mere 38,000. Since October […]

May 31st, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When the economy is growing at less than 1 percent, there’s little good news to be had. So, even though there was an upward revision in the latest U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis GDP estimate, there’s not much to write home about when real GDP growth went from 0.5 percent in […]

May 19th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When it comes to its income tax, Tennessee has been an odd state. The big plusses have been that there is no general individual income tax, such as on wages and salaries, and there is no individual capital gains tax. However, the state does impose a tax on interest and dividends […]

May 12th, 2016 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Hey, who needs a bit of good news? A new Gallup survey shows that Americans still love small business, and are not too fond of socialism. Gallup asked Americans is if they had a positive or negative image of various terms relating to the economy. Thankfully, the top three positives were […]

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