Keating’s CyberColumn

February 24th, 2021 by

  by Raymond J. Keating- Since its inception in the late 19th century, antitrust regulation has rested more on the whims of progressive and populist politics rather than on sound economics. Indeed, that has remained the case now more than 130 years after the first major piece of antitrust legislation was signed into law, and […]

February 19th, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- For those expecting a cranking up regulatory activity under a Biden administration, unfortunately, their expectations thus far have been met. Increasing regulatory burdens always take a toll on entrepreneurship; small business; American competitiveness; and economic, income and employment growth (for a refresher, see this SBE Council report), but ratcheting up such […]

February 2nd, 2021 by

Impact on Entrepreneurship, Small Businesses, and the Economy by Raymond J. Keating- Raising taxes and using class warfare to justify such increases never make for sound economic policy. And of course, such measures are most troubling when the economy already is struggling. Nonetheless, President Joe Biden has proposed an assortment of tax increases that are […]

January 29th, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- The latest report on personal income from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis showed growth in personal income resuming in December, after two months of rather stark declines. However, small business income clearly continues to suffer. Personal Income Grows, Small Business Income Shrinks After declining by 0.7 percent in October and […]

January 26th, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- President Joe Biden favors more than doubling the federal minimum wage mandate from $7.25 per hour to $15. But as with any massive regulatory measure imposed by government, while it might sound nice to many and serve up benefits to some, such a mandate comes with real and significant costs for […]

January 21st, 2021 by

by Raymond J. Keating- For better and for worse, 2021 promises to serve up some big policy changes from Congress and the White House. But that process is already underway in various states – again, for better and for worse. Consider some key state tax changes affecting entrepreneurship, small business, working, and competitiveness. Arizona. Small […]

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 […]

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