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  • Immigration Reform: Diversity is Good for Business, the Economy

    MaryAnne Howland by: MaryAnne Howland
    When thinking of immigration reform, we must ask ourselves what we want for the country. From a business perspective, important goals to aim for are innovation and entrepreneurship. And although there's no simple recipe for achieving them, one key ingredient is diversity.
      Smart business leaders know this. The most successful corporations strive to be the "Employer of Choice," looking to recruit the best and brightest in a multicultural marketplace. They know they need the best skills and talent to deliver the innovation that leads to the best products and service in an increasingly competitive economy.

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  • A Living Wage is an Equal Voice

    Luz Vega-Marquis by: Luz Vega-Marquis
    Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do without to make ends meet?
      What exactly does it take to make it in America?
      The working poor are not fundamentally different, nor do they practice some kind of magical math that allows them to support their families on wages that would sink your own.
      This year, President Obama called for a raise in the federal minimum wage from $7.

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  • No More Backsliding

    Dara Richardson-Heron by: Dara Richardson-Heron, Wade Henderson
    We have had several thought-provoking conversations recently about a new and surprising description of women's status in America. According to the latest Shriver Report, A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a study by journalist Maria Shriver and the Washington think tank Center for American Progress, American women are at risk of "backsliding" from their achievements in rights and opportunities over the past half-century.
      The reason, the report says, is that policymakers have ignored a "seismic shift" in American family life: Three-quarters of all moms are in the U.

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  • Earned Income Tax Credit

    Jeanie Smith by: Jeanie Smith
    It is tax time again, and I've been hearing a lot about the possibility of a State Earned Income Tax Credit -- a tax credit for working families that would piggyback off the federal EITC. Over the last two years, I've seen more and more support for a state EITC, and finally, legislators are considering instituting one for Kentucky.
      I think they should. The past two years my husband has been in school. We have two small boys, and we qualified for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which means that we'd also have qualified for a state EITC. The largest credits go to families with incomes between about $10,000 and $23,000, then the credit gradually tapers off at about $38,000 to $52,000, depending on family size.

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Keystone XL a Threat to South Carolina Coastal Tourism

Frank  Knapp by: Frank Knapp
Secretary of State John Kerry needs to talk with U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Better yet, he should come see the South Carolina coast firsthand.
  Last year, Jewell toured ...

We Need Congress to Fix the FOIA

Amy  Bennett by: Amy Bennett
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a critical law for making sure the public has a fighting chance to get copies of records the government might not want it to see. For more than 40 years, ...

Overseas Tax Loopholes Hurt Local Business

Pam Hausner by: Pam Hausner
Congress likes to talk about how much they love small business. After all, the vast majority of businesses in the US are small businesses, and the jobs we create are vital to the economy. But based ...

Expect More Spills and Explosions: Our Infrastructure and Regulatory System Are in Need of Repair

Katherine McFate by: Katherine McFate
Three serious fossil fuel incidents occurred the week of February 10, 2014, making it the most devastating health and safety week in recent U.S. memory.
  On Tuesday, February 11, ...

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Immigration Reform: Diversity is Good for Business, the Economy (by: MaryAnne Howland) in the The Californian

A Living Wage is an Equal Voice (by: Luz Vega-Marquis) in the Danbury News-Times

No More Backsliding (by: Dara Richardson-Heron, Wade Henderson) in the The Hill

Earned Income Tax Credit (by: Jeanie Smith) in the McCreary County Record

Keystone XL a Threat to South Carolina Coastal Tourism (by: Frank Knapp) in the The Hill

We Need Congress to Fix the FOIA (by: Amy Bennett) in the Detroit News

Expect More Spills and Explosions: Our Infrastructure and Regulatory System Are in Need of Repair (by: Katherine McFate) in the Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail

Don't Reward Corporations for Bad Behavior (by: Nicole Tichon) in the Battle Creek Enquirer

Georgia Gun Bill is Dangerous (by: Brigitte Joyce) in the Montgomery Advertiser

Clarification Needed to Protect Landowner Property Rights (by: Joe Boone) in the Kentucky Standard

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