by: David Levine
As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand the impact it can have all our businesses.
Representing hundreds of thousands of businesses from diverse sectors and different regions nationwide, we have come to understand first-hand that trade is an important element of a robust economy. As a business organization, we opposed Fast Track and the TPP not because we are against trade, but because we need a better trade deal than what the TPP is offering.
by: Greg Keesling
Addressing societal issues is both a moral and fiscal imperative for our country. High recidivism rates, low educational attainment, and high incidents of preventable diseases are just a few of the harmful and costly issues communities face nationwide. Though governments bear the brunt of these problems by having to allocate an ever-increasing share of taxpayer funds for remediation, businesses increasingly feel the effects.
Areas with high levels of crime or an undertrained or unhealthy workforce are unattractive places to conduct business. When public sector resources are stretched thinner and thinner, the fiscal burden is often passed along to business owners in the form of tax increases.
by: J. Kelly Conklin
Recent revelations that Walmart, the world's biggest corporation, is maintaining secret subsidiaries in well-known offshore tax havens are outrageous but far from surprising to small business owners. That's because we're used to seeing large corporations abuse the tax system in ways that hurt our businesses, communities and families. Walmart's hidden web of 78 subsidiaries in 15 tax havens, unveiled in a report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), is just the latest example. Let's hope it spurs reform.
ATF says Walmart may have skirted U.S. securities law by not properly reporting its tax-haven subsidiaries.
by: Julie Fox Gorte
History offers a great many examples of individuals, groups and societies that lived too much in the moment and compromised longer term prosperity -- or in some cases (think Easter Island) even survival. It's the same with climate change today. We're past the point where we can debate whether to act. We can either act prudently and account for long-term risk or face catastrophe.
Want proof? One: almost three million people in the US live less than three feet above the average high tide, according to a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Two: s after Hurricane Sandy, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was fiscally insolvent, and required legislation and a $28 billion taxpayer bailout to fix temporarily.
by: Daniel Wilson
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by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
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