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  • The Smart Money is on Energy Efficiency

    Russell Cann by: Russell Cann
    If you can invest money now on something that will pay for itself in three years, then provide you with free money every year after that, would you do it?
      Well, this "something" really exists, and it's called energy efficiency. Right now, we need the state government to embrace it. Unfortunately, the South Carolina legislature has taken the opposite step, pushing legislation this year that attacks energy efficiency in the state. The result being that the economic benefits of energy efficiency in the state will not be realized. There's no apparent reason for this -- especially if you're someone who thinks government should be run like a business.

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  • EPA's Carbon Pollution Rules -- Good for Business, Good for the Economy

    Richard Eidlin by: Richard Eidlin
    Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?
      It's ludicrous to pretend that climate change isn't happening, or that it won't affect every industry. It's beyond comprehension that large business advocacy organizations, including the US Chamber of Commerce, think that our government should stand by and do nothing, while climate-related disasters in 2012 caused more than $139 billion in damages, while U.

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  • Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase

    Holly  Sklar by: Holly Sklar
    If Congress actually listened to small business owners, the minimum wage would be going up. Instead, July 24 will mark five years without an increase since the federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 an hour in 2009.
      Small business livelihoods depend on revenue, not rhetoric. Small business owners know there's a problem when median household income is lower than it was in 2009, adjusted for inflation, but the Dow Jones stock index has soared to record highs -- nearly doubling since July 24, 2009.
      Businesses rely on consumer spending and consumer spending depends heavily on wages.

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  • Here's One Fix for Our Imperfect Marketplace -- Paid Leave

    Mitch Rofsky by: Mitch Rofsky
    As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again: The marketplace is essential but not perfect. It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. I don't mean winner in the sense of Bill Gates or Warren Buffett. Rather, a winner in the sense of middle class -- with access to some discretionary income.
      There are a variety of ways to lose -- and they're not all bad. The marketplace creates losers of the inefficient or passé. Or the rich who make poor investments. But some consequences are so awful, such as starvation, that we, as a society, will not accept them.

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Improving Chemical Safety: A Baby Step in the Right Direction

Sean  Moulton by: Sean Moulton, Ronald White
In the aftermath of the explosion of a fertilizer storage facility in West, Texas last year that killed 15 people and destroyed three schools and a nursing home, federal officials realized there ...



How a Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure

Chris  Van Hollen by: Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin
As Congress heads home to celebrate the Fourth of July, it leaves with two critical issues unaddressed.
  The first is the increasing -- and troubling -- trend of big corporations ...





Improving FOIA

Nate Jones by: Nate Jones
Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribunes Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical ...



It's Time To Give College Graduates A Future With Real Freedom -- Freedom From Debt

LeeAnn Hall by: LeeAnn Hall
The U.S. Senate held a vote recently to bring up legislation allowing student debt holders to refinance old loans at lower current interest rates. The motion to debate the "Bank on Students Emergency ...








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The Smart Money is on Energy Efficiency (by: Russell Cann) in the Columbia State

EPA's Carbon Pollution Rules -- Good for Business, Good for the Economy (by: Richard Eidlin) in the Augusta Free Press

Small Businesses Want Minimum Wage Increase (by: Holly Sklar) in the Augusta Free Press

Here's One Fix for Our Imperfect Marketplace -- Paid Leave (by: Mitch Rofsky) in the The Hill

Improving Chemical Safety: A Baby Step in the Right Direction (by: Sean Moulton, Ronald White) in the The Hill

How a Fairer Tax Code Can Improve America's Infrastructure (by: Chris Van Hollen, Sander Levin) in the Madison Capital Times

Improving FOIA (by: Nate Jones) in the Battle Creek Enquirer

It's Time To Give College Graduates A Future With Real Freedom -- Freedom From Debt (by: LeeAnn Hall) in the Trenton Times

A Jewish Perspective on Taxes and Poverty: Calling for an Army of Angels (by: Rabbi Menachem Creditor) in the Crookston Daily Times

Ending the Taxpayer Subsidy for Exorbitant Executive Bonuses (by: Lloyd Doggett) in the Austin American-Statesman



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