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  • 11-Year-Old Runs Successful Ice Cream Business

    07/24/2015 2:46:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
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    11-Year-Old Runs Successful Ice Cream Business
  • State's Corporate Welfare Agency Has a History of Secrecy

    07/22/2015 6:02:55 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/21/2015 | Jack Spencer
    Since its creation in 1999 as the state's primary agency in charge of economic development programs, the murky, nontransparent nature of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has been a concern. Former Democratic State Rep. Joseph Rivet of Bay City says he raised alarms about it soon after then-Gov. John Engler created the MEDC. Engler created the agency by means of an executive order authorizing a so-called interlocal agreement between a state department and local economic development agencies. It replaced another Engler creation, the Michigan Jobs Commission. The rationale for its unusual structure was to give the agency greater flexibility than...
  • Town centre booms after thieves smash up every parking meter

    07/16/2015 6:58:06 AM PDT · by Blackyce · 12 replies ^ | 07/16/2015 | ALIX CULBERTSON
    Cardigan Council bosses have been struggling to find Ł22,500 needed to repair the four pay-and-display machines in the Welsh town's main carpark - much to the delight of shopkeepers who have reported a rush of shoppers enjoying hours of free parking. The vandalism has accidentally exposed the fact that parking meters, far from generating revenue for a town, appear to cripple trade and kill town centres. Locals and visitors to the picturesque town with a Norman castle have been thronging the town which had previously seen a dearth of shoppers due to having to pay for a limited amount of...
  • Subprime Revisionism In Clinton’s War On Wall St.

    07/16/2015 5:10:14 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 7/15/2015 | IBD Editorial
    2016: If only Wall Street bankers had listened to St. Hillary during the subprime mortgage frenzy. She now claims she warned about the risky loans. Yep, a Clinton actually went there. Her campaign may regret it. While bashing Wall Street for risky acts and "criminal behavior," Clinton in her first economic stump speech portrayed herself as the voice of financial sanity in a casino of wild greed. "As we all know, in the years before the crash, financial firms piled risk upon risk," she intoned, "and regulators in Washington either wouldn't or couldn't keep up. "I was alarmed by this...
  • Fed, China, earnings on radar for Wall Street

    07/15/2015 4:08:22 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 12 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Jul 15, 2015 | Dhara Ranasinghe
    U.S. stock futures ticked higher on Wednesday, with a note of caution taking hold ahead of a speech by U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to Congress later in the day. Second-quarter earnings season, a key vote in Greece's parliament to pass legislation needed to secure a third bailout and renewed turbulence in China's stock market were also in focus. Having closed higher on Tuesday, stock futures pointed to a slightly positive open for Wall Street shares with Dow Jones industrial futures up just 10 points in early London trade. Fed chief Yellen appears before the House Financial Services Committee...
  • US stocks seen higher on Greek deal

    07/13/2015 4:08:01 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Mon, Jul 13, 2015 | Dhara Ranasinghe
    U.S. stock markets were tipped to open higher on Monday following news that Greece and its international creditors have reached a bailout agreement. European Council President Donald Tusk said early on Monday that euro zone leaders reached an unanimous agreement with Greece after all-night talks in Brussels to move forward with a bailout loan for Greece provided Athens implement tough reforms. "Markets have responded very positively to the news, which comes following months of uncertainty and increasing fears that Greece could suffer a messy exit from the euro zone," Craig Erlam, a senior market analyst at currency trading firm OANDA....
  • Progressive Paradise Lost

    07/04/2015 10:07:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Salim Furth
    It’s a progressive paradise.Public employees get 30 vacation days a year. Anyone who works over eight hours in a day gets paid time-and-a-half. Employees have strong rights.The minimum wage is high: 77 percent of the median wage.Environmental regulations are settled beyond the pressure of local economic interests. The forests and mountains are pristine destinations for ecotourism.Energy costs are kept high, pushing consumption down to a level deemed “socially beneficial”. Utilities have strong public backing and provide jobs to thousands.Union jobs in shipping are protected from outsourcing to cut-rate foreign competitors.The social safety net is buoyant and provides a solid working-class standard...
  • Dollar firms before payrolls, Greece unease simmers

    07/02/2015 3:22:23 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 10 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | Jul 2, 2015 | Marc Jones
    LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar was near a three-week high on Thursday and world stock markets had a delicate feel, as the implication of U.S. jobs data later for a possible Fed rate hike added to Europe's uncertainty over Greece. Chinese shares also remained in focus as they suffered another heavy tumble overnight to take their loses over the last six weeks to 25 percent, countering otherwise solid performances in the rest of Asia's main centres.Europe's main bourses in London, Frankfurt and Paris and Milan opened largely flat having rallied on Wednesday but the mood remained skittish after hopes of...
  • Yellen says the Fed will be less predictable

    07/01/2015 4:57:07 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 27 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | February 25, 2015 | Joanna Campione
    ...Federal Reserve chair told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday the central bank is in no hurry to raise interest rates. Yellen once again stressed the word "patience." On Wednesday, she appears before the House of Representatives' Financial Services Committee. Yellen talked about a solid and improving economy but also about disappointing labor force participation and anemic wage growth. She said it would be several months before the Fed would boost rates. Stocks soared on the news with both the S&P 500 and Dow closing at record highs. The Nasdaq also saw healthy gains and is now less than 1%...
  • Transgender is yesterday's news: How companies are grappling with the 'no gender' society

    06/30/2015 10:39:37 AM PDT · by rbg81 · 37 replies
    Fortune Magazine ^ | 6/29/2015 | Vivian Giang
    Facebook now offers more than 50 ways for users to identify their gender. Says one exec, “Gender neutral is kind of the new thing.” With Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn, transgender issues have become front and center in the mainstream cultural conversation. But among many young people, there is a much bigger conversation going on about gender. The whole notion of “binary” — female and male — gender norms is being seen as limiting, and unnecessary. At elite liberal arts colleges like Vassar and Wesleyan, students have earnest conversations about gender being a “social construct,” and bathrooms are “gender neutral,”...
  • Global markets slide on Greek crisis fears

    06/29/2015 4:26:42 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | Jun 29, 2015 | Kalyeena Makortoff
    The deepening Greek crisis hit global markets on Monday, as the country imposed capital controls ahead of a national referendum on creditors' bailout conditions. Uncertainty surrounding the country's economic future dragging equity markets lower. European markets were trading sharply lower, with the pan-European Stoxx 600 (^STOXX) falling around 2.4 percent in morning trade. Both Germany's DAX (^GDAXI) and France's CAC (Euronext Paris: .FCHI) fell nearly 3.5 percent. U.S. futures also indicated a lower open, with the Nasdaq (^NDX), S&P (^GSPC) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow Jones Global Indexes: .DJI) all seen opening down over 1 percent. Greece's main stock...
  • The 9-to-5 office workday is dying in America

    06/28/2015 4:43:41 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 42 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 28 2015 | Max Nisen
    With the rise of flexible working schedules, the freelance economy, and video conferencing, more Americans are getting their jobs done without ever heading into an office, according to new data from the American Time Use Survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among all workers, 23% report spending all or part of their day working from home. That’s up from less than 19% in 2003, the first year for which there’s comparable data.
  • Freeper/conservative-owned online or store-front business owners I can patronize?

    06/28/2015 9:20:39 AM PDT · by mom3boys · 21 replies
    Vanity | 6/28/15 | Vanity
    I would love to patronize Freeper-owned or conservative-owned businesses online and brick-and-mortar stores. Are there any Freepers who own one or could point me in the right direction? I wish we had a "Classified Ad" thing here on FR.
  • Obama's 'Disparate Impact' Witch Hunt Vs. Banks Gets Surprise Court Blessing

    06/26/2015 4:05:55 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 18 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 06/25/2015 | [editors]
    Civil Rights: The Supreme Court has given the White House license to water down, if not destroy, virtually every standard dealing with housing. There's nothing stopping its push for affirmative-action lending and zoning. In a shocking 5-4 decision, the high bench ruled that housing- and lending-discrimination lawsuits based on no proof other than statistics showing different outcomes by minority groups are within the bounds of civil-rights law. It agreed with housing-rights zealots that zoning and underwriting policies that have a harmful effect — or disparate impact — on minorities are illegal, even if that harm is unintentional. Sometime-conservative Anthony Kennedy...
  • US economy not as bad in 1st quarter, paving way for rebound

    06/25/2015 4:46:03 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 38 replies
    AP News ^ | Jun 24, 2015 | AP News
    The U.S. economy contracted in the first three months of the year, just not as much as previously estimated. More recent data show that the weakness was largely temporary, with a rebound in the works for the April-June quarter. The economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, shrank at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.2 percent from January through March, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That's better than last month's estimate of a 0.7 percent decrease. Harsh winter weather slowed spending by keeping consumers away from shopping malls and auto dealerships. The trade deficit ballooned, slicing growth by...
  • Hopes for last-ditch Greek deal lift global stocks

    06/22/2015 5:28:18 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Jamie McGeever
    Juncker called the latest proposals from Greece a "good basis for progress", while EU Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said he was "convinced" agreement will be reached. Spain's finance minister Luis de Guindos said a deal was not possible on Monday, however, meaning it may be the scheduled leaders summit on Thursday before any agreement is reached. Investors appeared willing to give the protagonists in the saga the benefit of the doubt. "The odds seem to shift in favor of a compromise," said Rainer Guntermann, rates strategist at Commerzbank. At mid-session in Europe, Germany's DAX .GDAXI and France's CAC 40 .FCHI...
  • 4 Tips to Avoid Road Tolls This Summer

    06/18/2015 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Time ^ | June 4, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    We've got a secret the rental car companies would prefer you didn't know. people camping in RV More The Cheapest Way to Roadtrip Might Surprise You 3 Ways to Avoid Costly Rental Car Insurance These Are the Most Hated Fees in America This won’t come as news to commuters and frequent road trippers, but drivers are encountering more and more toll roads, as well as higher and higher tolls on the existing ones. The latest example is I-10 in Texas, where plans called for the maximum toll during peak travel hours to shoot from $7 to $10 as of May...
  • 7 Years After Crisis, Americans Still Spooked Over Stocks

    06/18/2015 5:18:31 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 15 replies
    Investors Center ^ | Jun 17th 2015 | Rich Smith
    U.S. flags fly over the New York Stock Exchange early Tuesday morning Jan. 22, 2008. Seven years after the financial crisis (and six years after Warren Buffett declared it to be over), Americans are still leery of getting back into stocks. That's the upshot of a poll recently released by Gallup, which confirmed that while no longer quite as negative on stocks as they were a couple of years ago, American investors still haven't returned to the levels of stock ownership seen before the crisis -- or even in its immediate aftermath. Once Burned, Still Shy In the run-up...
  • When Should Countries Pay Down Their Deficits?

    06/17/2015 5:20:57 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | June 17, 2015 | William Gale & Diane Lim
    A recent study by three researchers at the IMF addresses an important question: Under what circumstances should a country pay down its public debt? When countries face fiscal crises, they have no choice but to cut debt. When they need a Keynesian stimulus, they end up raising debt. But what about a country that is not at risk of a fiscal crisis and is near full employment - a country that is in what the researchers call "the green zone?" Should it pay down its debt (reduce its deficit) or pursue other objectives like public investment?The IMF researchers write down...
  • Has Fed Money Creation Fueled Artificial Stock Gains?

    06/16/2015 6:25:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 30 replies
    Investor Alert ^ | JUNE 28, 2013 | Richard M. Salsman
    ...profit-seeking marketmakers are much too smart to be so easily fooled by the Fed’s monetary machinations; they can look through (and past) the Fed’s artificial policies and unearth the real state of things. The opposite view, from “behavioral finance,” holds that policymakers are omniscient and omnipotent preventers and fixers of “market failure”.In our judgment, U.S. nominal bond yields have declined in recent years not due to Fed money printing but due to three main factors: 1) steady disinflation,2 2) a persistent decline in market expectations of the long-term real return on capital,3 and 3) the Fed’s seemingly interminable zero interest-rate...
  • Economic Freedom Made America Rich — But It's Falling

    06/15/2015 5:05:05 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 65 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 06/12/2015 | W. MICHAEL COX AND RICHARD ALM
    Do Americans face a future of living standards that don't grow as fast as they once did or, worse yet, even decline? Previous generations might have scoffed at the question. Becoming better off in terms of consumption per capita was something of a birthright, the result of decades of progress that put Americans at the top of the heap with average spending of $32,000 a year.But the long-established optimism has faded in recent years — and we have only ourselves to blame. The country has strayed from the economic model that created a consumer cornucopia. We're living above our means,...
  • Industry, government role reversal cases before SCOTUS

    06/14/2015 5:52:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/14/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    EPA has abandoned its duty of protecting American citizens from health hazards introduced into the environment to that of protecting the environment from American citizens' good health and welfare Some twenty states, power utilities and mining industries, having taken the hard-nosed measure of suing the EPA for destroying business, grip the edge of their seats anticipating three decisions from the Supreme Court this month. That there is need to bring suit against governmental agencies for damage incurred by overbearing regulation is wrong in itself, but the role reversal these cases exemplify is the true travesty. America has turned so upside-down...
  • Texas Kids Told 'It's Illegal' to Sell Lemonade Without a Permit

    06/12/2015 4:19:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 10, 2015 | aVIANNE tAN
    Two young sisters with an "entrepreneurial spirit" set up a lemonade stand in Overton, Texas, to raise money for their dad's Father's day gift, their mom said. But Andria and Zoey Green's business closed abruptly Monday after police came by to tell them their stand was illegal without a city Peddler's Permit, according to Overton Police Department Chief Clyde Carter. "It's illegal to sell lemonade without a permit," Carter told ABC News today. "But we didn't tell them to shut down, we just asked them to get a permit." The girls' mother, Sandi Evans, said they went to try to...
  • More laws will be enacted to 'keep you safe', help 'make things green'...

    06/12/2015 5:26:23 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 7 replies
    It’s no surprise that we lead the world in incarcerations when you see that the whole process has been monetized and profitable. States of Incarceration: The Global Context Here Are All Of The Nations That Incarcerate More Of Their Population Than The U.S. Yeah, we’re actually number one and that’s not a good thing. No country incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States. At 716 per 100,000 people in 2013, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the U.S. tops every other nation in the world. Among OECD countries, the competition isn’t even close...
  • Three Cheers for ‘Obamatrade!’

    06/11/2015 6:21:29 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 53 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06.10.15 | Matt Lewis
    Why it’s absurd for conservatives to oppose a free-trade deal just because the White House wants it. As far as I can tell, there are two general objections to the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) the White House is pushing for. The first one is wrong, but at least substantive. The other, which has picked up some currency on the Right, is simplistic and partisan. So there’s something for everybody! First, some background. The Trans Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with Asian nations that the White House and congressional Republican leadership both want, would still have to survive an up-or-down House...
  • USA must lead on trade: Congress should pass Trade Promotion Authority(TPA) & advance free markets

    06/10/2015 5:41:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 10, 2015 | Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX)
    Having led the world in free and open markets for generations, America now faces a choice as simple as it is consequential: lead on trade, or get left behind. The decision should be clear. Congress is considering whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). TPA is a process between Congress and the administration for negotiating trade deals that has existed in some form for over 80 years. With TPA, Congress has greater influence over trade agreements, and U.S. negotiators hold a stronger position to secure a good deal for American producers, consumers and workers. Absent TPA, the President has the...
  • Obama’s Corporate Tax Blunder

    06/10/2015 5:25:34 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 9, 2015 | MICHAEL MANDEL
    YOU probably haven’t heard of the BEPS project — but you soon will. Short for Base Erosion and Profit Shifting, the BEPS Project is the focus of a rapidly moving effort by the Group of 20 countries to create a new set of international tax principles designed to better capture tax revenue from multinational companies like Apple, Google and Starbucks. The Obama administration signed on to the BEPS Project in the expectation that it would strengthen the American tax base and enable Washington to hold on to more corporate tax revenues. But as the project heads for its end-of-year...
  • McDonald's Appoints Robert Gibbs as Global Chief Communications Officer ...

    06/09/2015 9:52:00 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 25 replies
    Market Watch ^ | June 9, 2015
    Complete Headline: McDonald's Appoints Robert Gibbs as Global Chief Communications Officer; Silvia Lagnado as Global Chief Marketing Officer McDonald's Corporation MCD, -0.54% today announced the appointments of Robert Gibbs as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Communications Officer and Silvia Lagnado as Executive Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer. Both will report to McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook. [Snip] In his new role, Gibbs will lead McDonald's corporate relations group, which manages internal and external communications and government and public affairs. He will lead McDonald's in communicating clear, coordinated messages to internal and external constituencies, enhancing the brand and supporting...
  • Why Good Investors Never Mix a Blueberry Pancakestack with Bedtime ---Thread June 9, 2015

    06/09/2015 5:23:52 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 17 replies
    Investors Thread ^ | June 9, 2015 | freeper investors
    OK campers, back home in Texas still thinking of yesterday's big get together w/ the grandkids where I got to show how to make their own rainbow in the backyard sun w/ a garden hose and now helping my daughter & son'n'law move to DC which is probably why I just woke up out of this goofy dream where we walked over to my daughter's really neat friend's house to see the grandkids in the basement and I was going to show how it was possible to make a spoon stick to my cheek and the tray had all kinds...
  • This Market Looks as Serene as a Duck, but There's Turmoil Underneath

    06/03/2015 6:00:44 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 31 replies
    Real Money Preview ^ | Jun 02, 2015 | Doug Kass
    In my decades in the investment business, I've never seen a market with no inclination to decline in the face of numerous potential adverse outcomes and strong secular headwinds. (I recently highlighted 13 big-picture factors that could weigh on markets and the economy and markets in "Short in May and Go Away.") As Jim "El Capitan" Cramer wrote in "Gulf Widens Between Haves and Have Nots": "The dichotomy between what is working and what isn't working has grown gigantically." The rotation within groups and sectors is fast and furious -- maybe the most vicious I've seen in my investment career....
  • Federal Reserve: These states are stealing from the poor

    05/29/2015 5:30:02 AM PDT · by ro_dreaming · 45 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 26 May 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    A team of researchers at the Federal Reserve are pointing fingers at more than a handful of states they say are actively undermining the government's attempts to curb income inequality. According to a new paper, the federal tax code works to compress income inequality across the U.S., a problem that has been growing since 1980. The general idea is that high earners should be taxed at higher rates, allowing a good portion of that revenue to go into programs that help lower-income people. In contrast, some states have instituted "regressive" tax policies that offset federal taxes and widen the growing...
  • A glimpse at the future of commercial space mining, as the SPACE Act passes House of Representatives

    05/28/2015 7:15:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Next Web News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Bryan Clark
    In a move that shows commercial space exploration is not just possible, but probable, the United States House of Representatives just passed the SPACE Act in order to lay down some general guidelines in case you want to, you know, start a mining operation in space. While private charters like Virgin Galactic, and colonization missions to Mars by the likes of SpaceX are all the rage these days, the bill would suggest that enough private organizations have an interest in mining valuable resources from space that the need for legislation is necessary. Bear in mind, not a single private company...
  • Elizabeth Warren is the Mitt Romney of Home Flippers

    05/28/2015 6:43:36 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 11 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 2015-05-28 | Benjamin Weingarten
    But it ought to be pointed out that not only were Warren’s actions counter to her stated principles – they mimicked those of the private equity companies and other financial institutions that she has spent her entire public life railing against. What private equity professionals like Mitt Romney, and investors in general seek to do is “buy low and sell high.” Firms like Romney’s Bain Capital scour the market for businesses they believe are undervalued and/or have significant growth potential. They seek to buy these businesses at a low price, and grow them while making them more profitable and efficient...
  • Markets Are Correct a Lot More Than Economists

    05/28/2015 5:29:24 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 6 replies
    alhambra investment partners ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joseph Y. Calhoun
    If man is not to do more harm than good in his efforts to improve the social order, he will have to learn that in this, as in all other fields where essential complexity of an organized kind prevails, he cannot acquire the full knowledge which would make mastery of the events possible. He will therefore have to use what knowledge he can achieve, not to shape the results as the craftsman shapes his handiwork, but rather to cultivate a growth by providing the appropriate environment, in the manner in which the gardener does this for his plants.Friedrich Hayek, The...
  • A Reaganesque solution to the Ex-Im Bank dilemma

    05/27/2015 8:45:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 26, 2015 | John R. Bolton
    Opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is now at the point where the bank’s reauthorization is genuinely in doubt. Spurred by accusations of corporate welfare, crony capitalism and outright corruption, opponents believe the Ex-Im Bank’s palpable violation of free-market principles fully warrants its early demise. The Ex-Im Bank’s critics have their economics entirely correct, but they have their geopolitics wrong. Their solution — simply terminating the bank — is appealing but counterproductive. What America should do, under a president with the wit to do it, is negotiate the global elimination of “export credits” (as these subsidies are generically known)....
  • Ted Cruz Talks to Business Leaders on June 1 (Concord, New Hampshire)

    05/18/2015 10:28:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Patch ^ | May 18, 2015 | Tony Schinella
    The New Hampshire House Business Caucus, in partnership with the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, will host its fourth in a series of business roundtables with presidential candidates, on Monday, June 1, at 9 a.m. at The Draft restaurant, 67 South Main St. in Concord, according to a press statement. The featured speaker, and declared presidential candidate, will be Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. “The momentum continues to build as we have more and more candidates take part in this series. We have had a terrific response and level of interest from the business community, the candidates, and state elected...

    05/17/2015 10:56:12 AM PDT · by Signalman · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 5/17/2015 | David Lieb
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator- himself - and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags. Shaul's dual role in state government and business may be a bit out of the norm. Yet his actions are not. In capitols across the country, businesses are increasingly using their clout to back laws prohibiting cities and counties from doing things that might affect their ability to make money. In...
  • Business damage from Baltimore riot estimated at $9M

    05/13/2015 1:20:49 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 13, 2015 | By Yvonne Wenger
    Damage is estimated at $9 million for the destruction of hundreds of businesses and two homes during the recent unrest in Baltimore — with at least 30 sustaining major damage, according to information released Wednesday. The Small Business Administration estimated the damaged at about $8.9 million to 284 business and $60,000 to two houses, officials told The Baltimore Sun. U.S. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, along with other Maryland Democrats, called for Small Business Administration to assist with the creation of disaster centers in the city and a plan to inform business owners who are eligible for benefits about how to...
  • Exports Drive Economic Growth in the States

    05/11/2015 2:21:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 5-11-15 | Karla Jones
    International trade is a job creation engine that supports more than one in five jobs nationwide. Every state benefits from exports, and Texas, California and New York have the highest export revenues. Even states earning less than the top three states receive billions of export dollars. The United States is in the midst of negotiating three major trade frameworks (Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP], Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP] and Trade and Investment Services Agreement [TISA]) that will be difficult to conclude without trade promotion authority (TPA). Trade Promotion Authority – The States Are Stakeholders provides background on TPA and the...
  • Baltimore Is Not About Race

    05/05/2015 7:04:45 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 4, 2015 | William McGurn
    Baltimore Is Not About Race Government-induced dependency is the problem—and it’s one with a long history. By William McGurn May 4, 2015 For those who see the rioting in Baltimore as primarily about race, two broad reactions dominate. One group sees rampaging young men fouling their own neighborhoods and concludes nothing can be done because the social pathologies are so overwhelming. In some cities, this view manifests itself in the unspoken but cynical policing that effectively cedes whole neighborhoods to the thugs. Opinion Journal Video Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jason Riley on what prompted the violence and what comes next....
  • Largely Ineffective Sanctions Against Iran

    05/05/2015 7:06:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/05/15 | Sierra Rayne
    Sanctions are an ineffective tool on their own for achieving complex geopolitical objectives For those who believe that sanctions on Iran have made substantial progress towards their stated goals, a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is illuminating. The report reviews the sanctions applied against Iran by various entities and then critically examines their actual impacts. The results are not promising for those who believe sanctions are an effective tool with which to exert serious geopolitical pressure. The report acknowledges that “Iran’s acceptance of the JPA [Joint Plan of Action; the interim nuclear agreement that has been in...
  • US businessmen lining up to do business with Iran

    05/04/2015 7:54:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/04/2015 | Rick Moran
    Capitalism is a wonderful thing - except when it isn't. Several US businessmen - oil execs for instance - are eagerly waiting for the day when "normalizing" relations with Iran would lead to exploiting the business opportunities offered by the mullahs. The Hill: Leaders from the United States’ oil industry are traveling to Iran this week to discuss potential investment opportunities, Iran’s government said. The delegation of oil company leaders and investors are visiting Iran in anticipation of sanctions being loosened against Tehran, Iran’s state-owned Mehr News Agency reported Monday. “It is forecast that by the visit of [the] American delegation...
  • Even Small Businesses Are Jumping on the Robot Bandwagon

    05/03/2015 7:52:03 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    NBC News ^ | Elaine Pofeldt
    Report: Robots replacing human workers at faster pace Robots aren't just for corporate Goliaths -- now even the little guy on Main Street is adopting them. The goal: to boost sales and productivity. But at what cost? Take Sam Kraus, a Hungarian immigrant who founded what became Skyline Windows in 1921. In the early days, the tinsmith traveled around with a small cart to do his roofing and waterproofing work by hand. Fast-forward to today, and the fourth-generation business based in New York City's South Bronx has left the pushcart era far behind. Skyline, which has evolved into a custom...
  • Up From Dish Washer to Franchise Owner — and Now, Regulation Target

    04/29/2015 12:16:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Amir Siddiqi
    I’m an immigrant who has realized the American dream. But Washington’s new labor rules are a nightmare. In 1985 I left my home in Pakistan at age 19 and came to the United States with the help of an uncle. I considered this my best chance to start a life away from the government control and corruption that troubled my country. That proved true. Through hard work, I learned to run restaurants and I now own dozens of stores as a franchisee. But the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to upend my business model by muddling the distinction between...
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • New Orleans bans smoking

    04/22/2015 6:50:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 90 replies ^ | 4/22/2014 | Cheryl Chumley
    In New Orleans, midnight sounded on last call – for smoking. A new law just took effect banning cigarettes, cigars and other forms of tobacco smoking from all bars. And some local residents are relieved. “This is one of the smokiest bars in town,” said Steve Zweibaum, speaking to the New York Times from one local bar. “I know a bunch of people who don’t come in here because of the smoke. Maybe they’ll come back.”
  • Here And There With Dave Marash April 20, 2015 with Dr. Daniel Fine on OPEC's oil price war

    04/21/2015 3:19:24 PM PDT · by Perkinsbob54
    Here and There Radio Program ^ | 4/20/15 | Dave Marash
    Today on HERE AND THERE: It's clear now, it's not just an oil price drop, but an oil price war, being waged by Saudi Arabia. Among the targets: the new generation of NM shale oil drillers that have made the United States at least temporarily energy-sufficient. Economist Daniel Fine of the New Mexico Center for Energy Policy has a petroleum battlefield report.
  • The next big fight for gay rights will be won by Big Business

    04/21/2015 6:43:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    The Week ^ | April 20, 2015 | Peter Weber
    The rapid expansion of gay rights and LGBT acceptance in the United States is a remarkable story, and one that's still unfolding. If you think you know how it ends, you don't. As federal courts and state and local governments have opened the door to same-sex marriage, for example, state legislatures in Republican-controlled capitals have been responding with measures to limit gay rights, quash same-sex marriage, and take away local control over LGBT anti-discrimination policies. The "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas are the most famous of the recent state measures to curb gay rights. But Indianapolis and Little...
  • The Most Prosperous States for the Last 10 Years – They All Have One Very Important Thing in Common

    04/19/2015 8:21:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 4/10/2015 | Victoria Taft
    The most prosperous states in the past ten years were: Utah North Dakota Indiana North Carolina Arizona Idaho Georgia Wyoming South Dakota Nevada
  • Companies can't find workers who can hold a conversation or show up on time

    04/19/2015 7:35:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/19/2015 | Myles Udland
    It's not about finding workers; it's about finding the right workers.According to the latest supplemental survey from the New York Fed's manufacturing and business leaders surveys, employers in the New York area are facing two main problems: finding workers who can show up on time and workers who can hold a conversation.The survey showed that in April, 65% of manufacturing employers had difficulty finding punctual workers and 60% had trouble finding workers with interpersonal skills.Among business leaders, a broader survey group, 42% had trouble finding punctual workers while about 48% had trouble finding workers with interpersonal skills. These results also...