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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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  • Families Advance with Recent Tax Bill, but Corporations Got a Lot More

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    Surprisingly, Congress's $680 billion holiday-season tax deal will bring some cheer to working families and not just to big corporations this year. Refundable tax credits putting extra cash in the hands of hard-pressed workers and parents were included in a huge year-end gift-wrapped package of tax breaks -- the type of bill that usually only offers big rewards to corporate fat cats.
      Every two years for the past few decades, Washington has renewed a collection of about 50 temporary tax breaks, called "tax extenders." Even though some of them had been repeatedly renewed for 30 years, the giveaways were deemed temporary to hide their substantial $50 billion annual cost -- 80 percent of which benefited businesses.

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  • What's Next for the U.S. after the Paris Climate Agreement?

    Richard Eidlin by: Richard Eidlin
    Well before the final negotiations of the COP21 climate talks in Paris, business was already making a big difference on the ground. For the first time, superstar entrepreneurs showed up with plans to fund major initiatives. Giant companies sent CEOs to showcase their results in reducing carbon in their own operations. And entire industries, such as financial services, agriculture and manufacturing, made new commitments to address climate change.
      Attending the talks as a business leader, I could tell that positive pressure from the business sector was going to lead to success.

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  • For U.S. Businesses to Compete Globally, Our Multinationals Must Pay Their Taxes

    Josh Knauer by: Josh Knauer
    Most American businesses know the drill: At the end of the year or quarter, they calculate how much money they made, what legal deductions they can claim, and how much they'll ultimately owe the federal government in taxes. They write up a check and send it in to the IRS. No business likes doing it, but it's the cost we all have to bear.
      Unless, that is, you're one of the U.S. multinational corporations that have stashed $2.1 trillion in profit overseas. Under the U.S. deferral rule, they don't have to pay taxes on that profit until they bring it back home, so they don't.

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Congress Could Have Paid for the Highway Bill with Taxes Owed, but it Didn't

John  O'Neill by: John O'Neill
Congress has scrounged to pay for a highway bill that benefits all Americans, yet it wouldn't take steps to collect $90 billion a year in unpaid taxes -- money that some of our largest companies owe ...



Paid Family Leave is a Win-Win for New York

Peter  Strugatz by: Peter Strugatz
A bill that would provide paid family leave insurance has been gaining momentum in Albany. It's about time.
  The United States is the only developed nation that doesn't provide any ...





Permanently Support Families, Not Corporate Tax Giveaways

Lawrence Mishel by: Lawrence Mishel
Temporary lapses of judgment can be corrected. Permanent mistakes are harder to fix.
  Congress is poised to offer very costly permanent tax giveaways to powerful corporations. It is ...



Raise a Glass to the Clean Water Rule

Jenn Vervier by: Jenn Vervier
How important is it to protect clean water in Colorado?
  The federal EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are trying to do that with a new rule released in August. But now opponents ...








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

Families Advance with Recent Tax Bill, but Corporations Got a Lot More (by: Frank Clemente) in the Huffington Post

What's Next for the U.S. after the Paris Climate Agreement? (by: Richard Eidlin) in the Augusta Free Press

For U.S. Businesses to Compete Globally, Our Multinationals Must Pay Their Taxes (by: Josh Knauer) in the Wicked Local Dighton

Congress Could Have Paid for the Highway Bill with Taxes Owed, but it Didn't (by: John O'Neill) in the The Hill

Paid Family Leave is a Win-Win for New York (by: Peter Strugatz) in the Wayne County Mail

Permanently Support Families, Not Corporate Tax Giveaways (by: Lawrence Mishel) in the Manistee News Advocate

Raise a Glass to the Clean Water Rule (by: Jenn Vervier) in the Colorado Statesman

Legal Justice for Servicemembers (by: Daniel L. Davis) in the Augusta Free Press

It's Time To Hit The Brakes On A New Nuclear Reactor For Virginia (by: Irene Leech) in the Augusta Free Press



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