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April 2nd, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  Looking at Gallup’s latest polling on economic confidence, Americans’ overall view on the economy is that things are still bad, but at least improving. As reported: “Gallup’s Economic Confidence Index is at -20 in March, similar to the -22 found in February but sharply higher than the readings near -50 […]

April 1st, 2024 by

The Honorable Anne Milgram Administrator United States Drug Enforcement Administration 8701 Morrissette Drive Springfield, VA 22152 Dear Administrator Milgram: Thank you for your leadership and engagement in public listening sessions last fall related to telemedicine flexibilities and for your actions to ensure continued patient access to care delivered through telemedicine in advance of final telemedicine […]

March 29th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis issued its latest report on personal income, and it serves as another reminder that the pain of inflation persists. It was noted that personal income grew by 0.3 percent in February. However, that was matched by PCE (personal consumption expenditures) inflation – which reportedly is […]

March 28th, 2024 by

RE: Contributions of Business Partnerships to the U.S. Economy Dear House and Senate Republican Members of Congress: For 30 years, the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) has advocated for policies that lead to a more favorable environment for strong startup activity and small business growth. Today, I am writing you about a new […]

March 28th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis served up its third estimate, and second revision, of fourth quarter 2023 gross domestic product (GDP) on March 28. After an initial estimate of 3.3 percent real growth, that was revised down to 3.2 percent, and now up to 3.4 percent (seasonally adjusted, annualized […]

March 27th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  Given that consumption is the endpoint of the economic process, if you will, it obviously pays to keep an eye on what consumers are thinking, as well as doing. In terms of consumer confidence, the latest read from The Conference Board pointed to overall confidence essentially being unchanged in March […]

March 26th, 2024 by

by Raymond J. Keating –  Each month, the durable goods report from the U.S. Census Bureau provides information on new orders to manufacturers, including orders for capital goods, i.e., products used to produce other products, or capital investment. New orders for manufactured durable goods grew by 1.4 percent in February. That came after two monthly […]

March 26th, 2024 by

The Honorable Joni Ernst (R-IA) United States Senate 260 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Ernst, Thank you for your long commitment to enhancing policy circumstances for America’s new and small businesses. On January 31st, the House of Representatives voted 357 to 70 to approve H.R. 7024 – the Tax Relief for […]

March 22nd, 2024 by

Earlier this year, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act. The bipartisan legislation will support artists and small businesses in creative industries by increasing access to federal resources to help them grow. “Local artists, writers, performers, and the […]

March 22nd, 2024 by

The following statement of support for the “Further Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2024” can be attributed to Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan: “Taking steps to reign in federal government spending is critical to America’s economic future. Leaders in government simply cannot continue to spend frivolously and extravagantly on […]

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