Op-Eds and Articles

March 20th, 2018 by

The recently enacted “Tax Cuts and Job Act” had a drafting error that needs to be fixed right away, as the damage and unintended consequences could quickly spread far and wide. It appears as though the issue will be addressed in the upcoming omnibus spending bill.  SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan writes all […]

March 6th, 2018 by

March 7 is Railroad Day 2018 and in an Op-ed in The Hill commemorating the day and its importance to small businesses and entrepreneurs, SBE Council chief economist Raymond Keating writes about the big role small businesses play in the freight railroad system and why re-regulation is a very bad idea.  He writes: “As the American […]

February 16th, 2018 by

In a February 16 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan writes that access to growth capital remains a challenge for small businesses. She writes that reforms are needed in many areas to improve capital formation and access, and making smart changes to Dodd-Frank regulations for regional banks would free up […]

January 15th, 2018 by

In a January 10, 2018 post on the Oracle SMB Blog, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan reviews what’s ahead for small business on the federal regulatory front. She covers the progress to date in terms of regulatory relief and changes, and looks ahead to several areas of importance for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  […]

November 11th, 2017 by

ICYMI In a November 11 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council chief economist Ray Keating writes that AT&T’s $1 billion investment commitment if tax reform is enacted should not be a big surprise.  It’s “Economics 101” notes Keating: Quite simply, when you reduce taxes on any activity, you’re going to get more of such activity. […]

September 25th, 2017 by

A September 25 CNBC article notes that taxes are the #1 issue for their business, according to the third-quarter CNBC/Survey Monkey Small Business survey.  SBE Council Chief Economist Ray Keating, and members Jason Duff and Kristie Arslan were interviewed for the piece.  As the article points out: Entrepreneurs consistently cite taxes as the No. 1 […]

August 1st, 2017 by

An August 1 Op-Ed by SBE Council chief economist Ray Keating in The Hill implored Congress and President Trump to “get tax reform done.”  Indeed, reforming the nation’s tax system is a top concern and priority for small businesses, and America’s burdensome, noncompetitive and complex tax system has taken its toll on our economy by […]

August 1st, 2017 by

IN THE NEWS As reported by Financial Regulation News on August 1, a bipartisan bill was introduced on July 27 to fix the complexity and uncertainty regarding “joint employer” by amending the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The bipartisan bill, the Save Local Business Act, is supported by SBE Council. […]

July 11th, 2017 by

In a June 11 CNBC piece, reporter Elaine Pofeldt provides a solid snapshot into how states are improving their environments for small business.  She interviews SBE Council chief economist Raymond Keating about the policy issues important to entrepreneurs, and our latest Small Business Tax Index is mentioned. Some of the key ways states are taking […]

May 16th, 2017 by

In a May 16 Op-ed in The Hill, SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan outlines the need for regulatory relief for small businesses and highlights one important bill that will give entrepreneurs and their workforce real protection and a voice in the regulatory process: The Small Business Regulatory Improvements Act, S. 584. Senator James […]

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