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 shows how one company pulls off this double whammy -- and how there's still time to prevent its biggest tax dodge yet.
Pfizer -- maker of Lipitor, Lyrica, Viagra, and many other prescription drugs -- wants to turn its back on America by claiming to be an Irish company through an offshore merger, giving it access to Ireland's low tax rates. The change would only be on paper. The company would still be run from the United States, enjoying all the benefits of being based in America -- such as our taxpayer-supported roads, public colleges, and patent protections -- without pa
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.
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.
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.
by: Frank Knapp
by: Gladys Ashe Robinson
by: Patrice McDermott
by: Patrice McDermott
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