Keating’s CyberColumn

December 31st, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If you want to get overwhelmed by an online search, just plug “business lessons from 2020” into Bing or Google. The list is lengthy, to say the least. I combed through an assortment of entries – including lots of firm-grasp-of-the-obvious declarations – and found some items that offer value as insights […]

November 21st, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- Besides deciding the presidency and control of the U.S. House and Senate, voters in certain states on Election Day also weighed in directly on an assortment of policy measures that would impact their state’s economy, small businesses and competitiveness. Several of these key matters are highlighted below. Illinois Voters Say No […]

October 26th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- When voting this year, citizens in two states – Arizona and Illinois – will be asked to increase taxes on individuals, families, entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors. Specifically, ballot measures in each state call for the imposition of higher income tax rates. Let’s be clear, hiking income tax rates is never […]

October 23rd, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- If there’s one area where government is creative, it’s when it comes to finding ways to reach into people’s pockets. Today, in this pandemic economy, more people are working from home, that is, working remotely. Politicians and their appointees obviously haven’t missed this development, and many are wondering how they can […]

October 15th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- What’s in the water in New Jersey? Elected officials in the Garden State are making the wrong decisions on a regular basis, especially when it comes the inflicting heavier governmental burdens on individuals, families, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. There was a time – decades gone by – when people from New […]

October 13th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- October 14, 2020 is an important anniversary in the history of pro-growth, pro-consumer, pro-investment and pro-small-business policymaking. Forty years earlier, President Jimmy Carter signed the Staggers Act into law. The Staggers Act was a major step forward in deregulating the railroad industry in terms of pricing services and establishing rail rates, […]

September 25th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- With it being National Small Business Week and a national election looming just a few weeks away, it’s the right time to look at a key burden for entrepreneurs, small firms, investors, and businesses across industries: regulation. A few years ago, SBE Council laid out the costs of regulations in a […]

September 2nd, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Reserve’s Beige Book serves up an assessment of the economy based on information gathered from assorted sources outside the Fed. It would have been nice to see some kind of upside surprise in the latest edition, released on September 2, but alas, that was not the case. However, there […]

August 14th, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The industrial sector of the U.S. economy, of course, has been hit hard by the pandemic and shutdowns. And that includes manufacturing. But the latest industrial production (i.e., the actual output of the manufacturing, mining and utility sectors of our economy) numbers show that American industry continues to fight, trying to […]

July 31st, 2020 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The Federal Open Market Committee’s statement released on July 29 was more of the same from the Fed – depending on one’s perspective, for better, for worse, or for no real difference. In the FOMC statement, the key point was, “The path of the economy will depend significantly on the course […]

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