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  • To Ensure Our Security, Congress Must Shine More Light on Anonymous Companies

    Frank Knapp by: Frank Knapp
    The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.
      They also use them to cheat small businesses.
      For example, from 2004 to 2012 a large Virginia-based security firm used a shell company to fraudulently obtain $31 million in federal contracts -- contracts that should have gone to minority-owned small businesses under the SBA's section 8(a) set-aside program.
      In a second case, a Maryland woman used multiple shell companies to win contracts to supply the government with paint and other goods.

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  • National Family Leave Insurance Legislation Will Help Business and the Economy

    David Bolotsky by: David Bolotsky
    For many people, there's no happier moment than the day you welcome a child into the world. With so many emotions to deal with, and so many things to prepare for, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not you'll be getting paid.
      At UncommonGoods, we make sure that our more than 100 team members can welcome a new child without that hassle. Recently, President Obama gave the same benefit to federal contractors.
      But many businesses in the U.S. don't provide this benefit. They may couch that decision in terms of cost -- claiming it would hurt their bottom line -- but that's short-sighted.

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  • It's Not Just Flint Where Kids are in Danger

    Ronald White by: Ronald White, Molly Rauch
    Brown, foul-smelling water spewing out of faucets. Children poisoned by lead and other toxic metals. Families with aching joints, brittle bones, and shocking hair loss. These troubling images and more have been flowing out of Flint, Michigan since late last year as the scope and impact of the city's austerity-driven water contamination crisis has become increasingly clear.
      But pollution, contamination, and toxic chemicals that harm children's health aren't confined to Flint. America's children are being exposed to a host of toxic chemical hazards. From deteriorating lead paint still widespread in many communities, to toxic toys sold at dollar stores, to dangerous chemical facilities near homes and schools, we're putting our kids in danger.

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  • Clean Water Means Small Business In Minnesota

    Audrey Britton by: Audrey Britton
    More than half of Minnesota's workforce is employed by the state's 500,000 small businesses. That's more than 1.2 million Minnesotans, many whose livelihoods depend on clean water. This includes many small businesses in tourism, recreation, agriculture and more.
      The Clean Water Rule was released last year and is now being targeted by opponents who say it will be bad for business and the economy. Powerful lobbyists and some attorneys general in other states are initiating court battles without considering how important the rule is to our small business community. Most recently, Small Business Minnesota, along with the American Sustainable Business Council and others, helped keep the clean water rule from becoming a bargaining chip in passing the congressional budget.

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Obama Can Stop Pfizer's Tax Rip-Off

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente
You already know big pharmaceutical companies are ripping you off by charging too much for their medicines. But did you know they're also hurting you by dodging their fair share of taxes? A new report ...



Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color

Gladys Ashe  Robinson by: Gladys Ashe Robinson
Black History Month each February is a time to recall the struggles of people of color in our country and to celebrate accomplishments that bring us all closer to the vision of life, liberty and ...





Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency

Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
Unarmed people, mostly black men, shot by police. People, mostly black, dying in police custody. Over the last year, the consciousness of the American public has been seared with these stunning ...



Demanding Transparency In Ferguson

Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO, entered into to a Consent Decree (Agreement) the purpose of which is "to ensure protection of the constitutional and ...








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To Ensure Our Security, Congress Must Shine More Light on Anonymous Companies (by: Frank Knapp) in the Scranton Times

National Family Leave Insurance Legislation Will Help Business and the Economy (by: David Bolotsky) in the Ambler Gazette

It's Not Just Flint Where Kids are in Danger (by: Ronald White, Molly Rauch) in the Pocono Record

Clean Water Means Small Business In Minnesota (by: Audrey Britton) in the Bemidji Pioneer

Obama Can Stop Pfizer's Tax Rip-Off (by: Frank Clemente) in the Hackensack Record

Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color (by: Gladys Ashe Robinson) in the Durham News

Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency (by: Patrice McDermott) in the USA Today

Reforming our End-of-Life Healthcare System (by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan) in the The Hill

It's Tax Time, But Corporations Aren't Paying (by: Frank Clemente) in the Augusta Free Press

From Panama to Delaware: How the U.S. Promotes Secret Tax Havens (by: Mark Hays) in the Newport Daily Express



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