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  • People First or Well Connected Developers?

    03/10/2017 9:27:17 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/10/2017 | Michael LaFaive
    The Michigan Senate has advanced legislation that amounts to handing taxpayer cash over to well-connected developers. According to the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency, the bills would transfer up to $1.8 billion from regular taxpayers to these special interests over the next 20 years. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Capitol, a state House committee has advanced legislation to deliver some income tax relief to regular Michigan families. The bill would roll back a “temporary” tax hike imposed by Democrats in 2007 and made permanent by Republicans in 2012. That tax hike has extracted at least $6.3 billion from families...
  • FL Amendment 1 "Smart Solar" scam

    10/15/2016 2:58:29 PM PDT · by plsjr · 14 replies
    Self ^ | 10/15/2016 | Self
    Florida voters, please do your homework. The PAC behind this amendment is massively funded by th FL utility companies, who are not interested in changes that do not benefit their bottom line.
  • Earnest Stumped – Lame, Death To America Reasons He Says Obama Must Pass TPP

    09/29/2016 1:04:45 AM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 6 replies ^ | September 28, 2016 | Rick Wells
    The reporter asks White House spokesliar Josh Earnest questions regarding the determination of Hussein Obama to force through what should be titled the Corporate Government Fascism Enablement And Benefits Act, what is deceptively marketed as a trade agreement, TPP. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is strongly opposed by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton claims to have flip-flopped her position and now be opposed to it. That’s a point that Donald Trump made in the first debate, that she was initially in favor of it and her newfound dedication to its defeat is tepid at best. He also voiced his belief that if...
  • Some Business Leaders Abandon GOP (barf alert)

    06/23/2016 1:22:42 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2016 | Laura Meckler
    Politics Election 2016 Several GOP Business Leaders Are Backing Clinton Democratic presidential candidate to get backing from executives, some of whom cite unease with Trump’s candidacy By Laura Meckler June 23, 2016 12:09 a.m. ET More than 50 business executives, including several longtime Republicans, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday as her campaign seeks to capitalize on discomfort with Republican Donald Trump. They include Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president at AT&T Services Inc., and Dan Akerson, who held top positions at General Motors Co. and Nextel Communications Inc. A Clinton campaign aide provided the list. The endorsements reflect...
  • Some shocked by estate claims after signing up with MNsure

    02/16/2016 11:14:51 AM PST · by Twotone · 68 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Feb. 14, 2016 | John Lundy
    Scott Killerud was about to throw away a mailing about the 2016 enrollment period for MNsure last November when something caught his eye. "Just as I was going to drop it in the trash, I was like - wait a second. What did I just read?" the Pine County farmer said.
  • Obama and Congress Support Foreign Workers over Americans!

    01/05/2016 12:01:53 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/05/16 | Leigh Bravo
    Does the United States actually have a shortage of qualified workers or is our government selling us down the proverbial garden path in favor of their biggest supporters....the corporate bottom line? Happy New Year America! While you were out celebrating the passage of the new year, President Obama was busy signing another Executive Order that increases the number of Foreign Workers allowed in the United States. He has once again, bypassed Congress and is breaking quotas established by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) of 1952. Before the New Year, Congress passed an omnibus spending bill that dramatically increased the...
  • House Members Right to Be Skeptical of Server Farm Favors

    12/07/2015 9:36:18 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/5/2015 | Jack McHugh
    The House Tax Policy Committee plans to take up legislation Dec. 1 to give special tax exemptions to the developers of a data center in the former Steelcase “Pyramid” building outside Grand Rapids, which was recently purchased by a California developer. This fits a pattern of lawmakers becoming dazzled by promises surrounding a fad industry or development scheme. A “this might just work” feel takes hold in their caucuses — but only if lawmakers give special favors to the developer. The data center is the latest project dangled before policymakers. But before making any deals legislators should consider the record...
  • Scientists: “Aborted fetal tissue essential for research” [Mark 6 - Herodian Choice]

    08/27/2015 12:09:47 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 64 replies
    Children of God for Life ^ | 8/15/2015 | Staff
    (Largo, FL) With the exposure of Planned Parenthood’s activities in procuring aborted babies for scientists, the media is buying into the lie that this is “life-saving” research. In a recent article picked up by the AP and published in US News, the hysterics were evidenced by the headlines “Amid uproar over anti-abortion videos scientists say fetal tissue essential for research”. The article starts out sounding like talking points for Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards by quoting from Stanford University spokesperson Lisa Lapin: “If researchers are unable to work with fetal tissue, there is a huge list of diseases for which researchers...
  • The following companies support the homosexual movement by funding their political terrorism:

    04/01/2015 7:43:01 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 71 replies
    Right Scoop ^ | April 1, 2015 | Steelers6
    AT&T,Inc. Abercrombie & Fitch Aetna American Express American Airlines Apple Computers BP Bank of America Barnes and Noble Best Buy Boston Scientific Chevron Chrysler Corporation Citi Coca Cola Cox Enterprises Credit Suisse Deloitte Dell Diageo Ernest & Young LLP The Gap General Mills Goldman Sachs Google Hershey's Hewlett-Packard (HP Computers) Home Depot IBM JPMorgan Chase & Co. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority Levi-Strauss Lexus The Limited Lincoln Financial Group MGM Resorts International Macy's Inc Metlife Microsoft Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams Morgan Stanley Nationwide Insurance Nike Nordstrom's Northrup Grumman Office Depot Orbitz PepsiCo Prudential Replacements LTD Shell Showtime Staples...
  • Obama ties foreign profits tax to public works

    02/01/2015 6:16:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | February 1, 2015 | Jim Kuhnhein and Andrew Taylor
    President Barack Obama's budget will propose an ambitious six-year, $478 billion public works program of highway, bridge and transit upgrades, half of it financed with a one-time mandatory tax on profits that U.S. companies have amassed overseas, White House officials said. The proposal, one of the main components of the $4 trillion spending plan for the 2016 budget year that Obama will send to Congress on Monday, attempts to tap into bipartisan support for spending on badly needed infrastructure repairs and construction. The tax on accumulated foreign profits, to be paid once, would be set at 14 percent, significantly lower...
  • Biggest corporate lay-off in history is expected within days, with IBM believed to be scrapping 110K

    01/26/2015 3:41:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 108 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/26/15 | Thomas Burrows
    Biggest corporate lay-off in history is expected within days, with IBM believed to be scrapping 110,000 of its 430,000 workforce around the world IBM is preparing to scrap 110,000 of its global 430,000 workforce in the biggest corporate cull in the computer giant's history, a report has revealed. The company will make the job cuts this week under a plan known internally as 'project chrome', according to US technology blogger Robert Cringely on Forbes website. IBM is in the process of layoffs, as disclosed in its latest earnings report last week but said the number of job losses was significantly...
  • Medtronic Seals Deal with Covidien

    01/07/2015 4:00:24 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-7-15 | David Fondler and Tom Webb
    Storied Minnesota medical-device company Medtronic will move its headquarters to Ireland after shareholders approved a merger Tuesday with Dublin-based health care supplier Covidien. The controversial $43 billion "inversion" deal will allow the new company, to be called Medtronic PLC, to reduce its corporate tax liability as it repatriates cash stored overseas. But the deal has irked longtime Twin Cities shareholders, who will face significant capital gains taxes on their Medtronic holdings. In preliminary vote totals, shareholders representing about 75 percent of Medtronic's outstanding shares approved the deal, general counsel Brad Lerman announced to a special shareholder meeting in Minneapolis. And...
  • Liz Warren Asks Imperial President to Mandate “Corporate Patriotism”

    08/06/2014 6:56:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | August 6, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Not content with imposing the highest corporate tax structure in the “free” world, Democrat hacks in the legislature are now asking the Imperial President to unilaterally take action. A group of tax happy corporate protectionists are hoping the President uses his "pen and his phone" to start punishing American businesses that have the audacity to lower their corporate tax burden. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), and Jack Reed (D-RI), have crafted a letter (yeah… It took three of them) to President Obama requesting that action be taken toward businesses that have sheltered themselves from some US taxes. According to...
  • Majority of employees feel they have NO control over decisions in the workplace

    07/11/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    daily Mail ^ | 11 July 2014 | By Louise Boyle
    Most employees believe they have no say when it comes to changes in the workplace that directly affect their jobs. Six out of ten corporate staff said they have little or no input in decisions which affect them personally at work, according to a recent survey by Strayer University and Ipsos. Those over 35 felt their opinions mattered less than those workers aged 18-34 - although perhaps that's just a healthy dose of cynicism that comes from spending longer on the corporate ladder.
  • Details Behind Push For 'Mystery Project' Begin To Surface

    04/17/2014 10:08:11 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The P20 Pyramid project in Grand Rapids has been characterized as a "mystery project" due to the lack of details about it. But Sen. Mark Jansen, R-Gaines Township, says the story behind his effort to get state funding for the project is neither unusual nor mysterious. "I saw a project that was very close to my community that had time sensitivity concerning donors' decisions," he said. "I believed and still believe it can be a very important project." On that basis, he sought $5.5 million in state funding for the project as a line item in Senate Bill 608, a...
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • Perry, Dewhurst, Straus, and Now George P. Bush Double Down on Cronyism in Texas

    03/18/2014 2:29:53 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 11 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 03/18/2014 | Hal Hawkins
    Gov. Perry may have a new look, yuppie glasses and all, but it is still business as usual in Austin. Last year, we showed numerous examples of cronyism, specifically the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), where hundreds of millions of Texans’ tax dollars were being given to multi-billion companies and in turn were giving millions in campaign contributions to Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and House Speaker Straus (the three controls the TEF). Despite a law being passed in 2013 to audit the fund, our report on the issue, and numerous media outlets covering the controversy, the fund still remains in...
  • Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

    02/26/2014 10:26:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/25/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    With the recent release of Gov. Rick Snyder's fiscal 2015 budget we can examine his administration's priorities for the coming year. Once again, Michigan's corporate welfare apparatus — led by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. — looks like it gets a boost instead of a well-deserving and large cut. The MEDC's basic function is to take money from many people and give it to a few under the guise that it will create more jobs than the taxes needed to fund it will kill. The MEDC’s many failures and other short comings are well known. This institution has not only...
  • Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate's Support For Corporate Welfare

    02/19/2014 1:50:05 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/17/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    Mark Schauer, Democratic candidate for governor, is railing against tax breaks for businesses. In a recent ad Schauer alleges that Gov. Rick Snyder cut education spending and used the revenue "to give tax breaks to businesses even if they send jobs overseas." Schauer's spokesperson, Zack Pohl, reiterated the claim in a recent Detroit Free Press article: "Snyder chose not to find new revenue for education because he used that money to pay for his huge $1.8 billion corporate tax break." The media has recently given more scrutiny to this narrative. Yet over the past decade Schauer himself was one of...
  • 'Business Improvement Zones' = Property Taxes

    02/11/2014 6:36:43 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/10/2014 | Jack McHugh
    A Detroit News editorial weighs in with a favorable opinion of a proposed Detroit "Business Improvement Zone" tax, which it denies is a tax and reports will sustain an existing downtown cleanup campaign funded by some property owners. But it's not hard to see why these so-called "BIZ assessments" are unfair and bad public policy. Imagine you and six of the other 10 residents in your subdivision own normal three-bedroom ranch homes with assessed market values of around $200,000 each, or $1.2 million combined. The other three subdivision residents are different. Their lots are the same size but on each...
  • Q&A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors

    01/28/2014 10:25:03 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/23/2014 | Jack Spencer
    The Michigan Economic Development Corp., the state of Michigan's promotional and corporate welfare arm, recently responded to questions posed to it by Michigan Capitol Confidential nearly six months ago. For an article posted July 25, Capitol Confidential asked the agency four questions pertaining to problematic job creation numbers reported in April 2013 for A123 Systems, which was a lithium battery company. A123 Systems was approved for $100 million in MEGA (Michigan Economic Growth Authority) tax credits and another $41 million in tax breaks and subsidies from a separate program. Rep. Jon Switalski, D-Warren, and Rep. Pat Somerville, R-New Boston In...
  • DEA Agent Goes to Pot, Leaves Fed Agency to Join Marijuana Industry (Washington State)

    01/26/2014 6:56:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies ^ | January 25, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    DEA agent goes to pot, leaves fed agency to join marijuana industry Former DEA Agent Patrick Moen — whose career with the Drug Enforcement Administration went up in smoke when he joined the lucrative legal marijuana industry — isn't likely to spark an exodus from the agency, former colleagues say. Moen, 36, quit his post in Portland late last year and is now working for Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm specializing in acquiring businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry. The attorney who once spent long days dismantling drug rings throughout the Pacific Northwest will now help the company...
  • What About the Corporate Mandate?

    11/06/2013 1:44:11 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 12 replies
    11/6/2013 | MosesKnows
    Will Obamacare Cancel Corporate Health Care Insurance Policies? Obama delayed the corporate mandate but did not delay the individual mandate. Obama explained that they were not ready to handle the corporate mandate but assured the people they were prepared to handle the individual mandate. We have now learned that Obama lied to us. The government is not ready to handle the individual mandated policies. Obama had also assured the people that they would not lose their existing plans or doctors because of Obamacare. We have now learned that Obama deliberately lied to gain support for Obamacare. People are receiving cancellation...
  • Wise Words on Fiscal Sovereignty (sort of) from an Unlikely Source

    10/16/2013 9:11:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | October 16, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Bill Clinton. In part, that’s because economic freedom increased and the burden of government spending was reduced during his time in office. Partisans can argue whether Clinton actually deserves the credit for these good results, but I’m just happy we got better policy. Heck, Clinton was a lot more akin to Reagan that Obama, as this Michael Ramirez cartoon suggests. Moreover, Clinton also has been the source of some very good political humor, some of which you can enjoy here, here, here, here, and here. Most recently, he even made...
  • Taxpayer-Funded Stadiums a Lose-Lose Proposition

    01/03/2013 5:38:28 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 23 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/2/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    The owners of the Detroit Red Wings are looking to building a new $650-million entertainment district for the team in downtown Detroit with the help of state and local taxpayers. The plan is in its early stages and details are scarce, but the overwhelming economic consensus is that subsidized stadiums are huge losers for taxpayers. Amidst all the other excitement in Lansing, a bill to exempt certain businesses from state and local taxes via the Downtown Development Act was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder recently. According to MIRS Capitol Capsule, this “paves the way” for a replacement for Joe Louis...
  • Big Business Sells Out Small Business

    12/21/2012 6:44:41 AM PST · by LRoggy · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/21/12 | Kimberly Strassel
    Big Business Sells Out Small Business CEOs say yes to higher individual taxes in return for Obama's promise of corporate tax reform. By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL Were the Hollywood academy to hand out Oscars for roles in this fiscal cliff drama, the winner of the Best Charlatan award would not be in much doubt. Corporate America, take your bow. Say this for the Republicans and Democrats: Both sides are fighting over principles. Nothing so generous can be said for the bulk of America's corporate chieftains, whose agenda lately has been to stick it to everyone else. As the negotiations have...
  • Report: White House considering corporate donors for inauguration (Walmart?)

    11/23/2012 7:13:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/23/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Report: White House considering corporate donors for inaugurationBy Alexandra Jaffe - 11/23/12 09:47 AM ET President Obama is considering allowing corporate donors to help fund his inauguration in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reports. Such a move would be a reversal of Obama's 2009 ban on such donations, which was then meant as a symbolic gesture. In 2009, the president raised over $50 million from donors, sans any contributions from corporate donors, to fund his inauguration. But he did not pursue corporate donors, "a gesture meant to show that well-heeled interests wouldn't have undue influence in his administration," according to...
  • Initiative to help solve unfilled jobs in aerospace industry

    10/16/2012 8:15:34 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 13 replies
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Oct 12, 2012 | Barrie Barber
    Initiative to help solve unfilled jobs in aerospace industry By Barrie Barber FAIRBORN — An initiative announced Friday aims to solve an ironic problem with Ohio’s economy — in spite of high unemployment rates there are more than 10,000 unfilled jobs in the state’s aerospace industry. Wright State University will be home to the Aerospace Professional Development Center, a first-of-its-kind outreach initiative in Ohio to train, educate and attract skilled workers into the ranks of the aerospace industry, officials said Friday. Ohio has more than 10,700 unfilled jobs in the aerospace and defense-related industries, according to state Sen. Chris Widener,...
  • Corporate cash ($5 million) paid DNC’s arena fee

    09/16/2012 4:19:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 9/13/12 | Tim Funk
    Corporate cash paid DNC’s arena feeBy Tim Funk The Charlotte Observer **SNIP** Though President Barack Obama had instructed convention organizers to not use business money for the actual convention, Dan Murrey – head of the city’s host committee – said Thursday that contracts signed in early 2011 allowed for his group to pay the arena license fee from either of two funds. **SNIP** But its contract with the Democratic National Convention Committee also called for the host committee to raise $36.65 million to pay for the actual convention. Making that job harder: the restrictions imposed by Obama. **SNIP** “We’ll delineate...
  • Corporate Welfare Programs Consistently Fall Short of Initial Claims

    08/08/2012 5:54:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/6/2012 | Matthew Needham
    The Michigan Economic Development Corp. has awarded millions of dollars in grants, loans and tax breaks under claims that such efforts will grow economic development, job creation and private investment, but the trend of failing to meet expectations exists instead. The MEDC oversees the 21st Century Jobs Fund. In a 2008 press release, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm said, “The 21st Century Jobs Fund is the cornerstone of the most comprehensive and aggressive strategy in the nation to transform our economy, grow new high-tech companies and create good-paying jobs for our citizens.” Programs of the 21st Century Jobs Fund have not lived...
  • Democratic Convention Benefits From Corporate Cash (RATS promised this wouldn't happen)

    07/22/2012 7:10:28 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 7/21/12
    Democratic Convention Benefits From Corporate Cashby The Associated Press July 21, 2012 Shortly after last year's high-profile announcement that the 2012 Democratic National Convention would be the first in history not to rely on special-interest money, organizers in Charlotte quietly set up a nonprofit entity to rake in corporate cash. Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy have all sent checks to New American City Inc., a non-profit entity being run by top officials on the convention host committee. Corporate money is bankrolling operations in direct support of the convention, including paying the salaries of the 41 full-time host...
  • Corporate Subsidy Program Lives On Despite Lackluster Results

    07/09/2012 12:51:13 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/7/2012 | Matthew Needham
    A bill passed recently by the Michigan Legislature would repackage a failed Granholm-era corporate subsidy program called the “Centers of Energy Excellence” under a new title, “Centers of Innovation.” House bill 5477, would make changes to various programs administered by the Michigan Strategic Fund. Among the changes are allowing taxpayer dollars to be used to match “collaborative partner” or third party funds and increasing to 25 percent from 15 percent the amount of subsidy money that can go toward overhead costs. The bill also replaces the term "energy excellence" in the statute with different labels such as "innovation" or “competitive...
  • Looking for Cash, Congress Finds Some ($20 billion) in a Corporate Pension Rule Tweak

    07/01/2012 4:47:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/28/12 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
    Looking for Cash, Congress Finds Some in a Corporate Pension Rule TweakBy MARY WILLIAMS WALSH Published: June 28, 2012 Lawmakers looking for money to finance low-cost student loans and fix aging highways have found about $20 billion in an unlikely place: company pension funds. Pension funds are not exactly brimming over with extra money. In 2006, Congress was concerned enough about bolstering them to pass legislation closing loopholes and making companies set money aside more quickly. But the highway bill that Congress is rushing to complete by Friday contains a measure that would let companies slow their pension contributions again....
  • The State as Venture Capitalist: Loaned $7.7 Million, Creates Only 20% of Promised Jobs

    06/26/2012 9:04:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/23/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    A state fund intended to create 390 Michigan jobs has loaned $7.7 million to 35 companies and created 79 jobs — only 20 percent of the number initially promised. Ann Arbor SPARK received an $8 million grant in 2006 to create the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, which used $7.7 million of that amount. The grant was awarded as part of the Competitive Edge Technology Grants and Loans program, which exists "to encourage the development of competitive edge technologies to create jobs in the state." Skip Simms, manager of the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, said in an email, "We saw a...
  • How to copy a tv commercial containing subliminal messaging used to re-elect O

    04/23/2012 4:01:21 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 43 replies
    Robert Drobot | A.D. 23 April 2012 | Robert Drobot
    In 1974 the FCC adopted guidelines stating that although subliminal advertising might not be effective, they still felt it was a deceptive practice. If any broadcaster of TV or Radio signals uses a subliminal message they are subject to fines from the FCC.On Sunday, 1 April 2012, during the Fox News program John “Stossel” - Stupid in America an advertisment was played for a medicine manufactured by Pfizer called CHANTIX ( varenicline ) tablets. At the beginning of the ad a female provides a positive testimonial about the anti-smoking product followed by the narrator's voice his first two words are...
  • The Business Lesson of Pfizer and Ann Arbor - Should cities offer select 'corporate welfare'?

    04/13/2012 1:30:00 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/12/2012 | Tom Gantert
    In 2001, drug manufacturer Pfizer Inc. was trying to get only the second tax abatement in the city of Ann Arbor’s history and the first since 1982. Frustrated by the City Council’s tepidness to award the incentives, then-Pfizer Senior Vice President David Canter said the council seemed “anti-business” and implied that the drug manufacturer would completely abandon Ann Arbor if a deal wasn’t forthcoming. The City Council eventually worked out an $84.2 million tax incentive deal over 20 years. However, just six years later, Pfizer announced it was closing its Ann Arbor facilities by 2008. Pfizer’s announcement left city officials...
  • US Corporate Tax Highest in World Starting April Fools' Day

    04/09/2012 1:09:15 PM PDT · by next media · 1 replies
    Excerpted Blog USBC News Blog ^ | 2012-04-09 | Blogger on The USBC Wire Blog
    ...that system of taxation as created by Congress turns business accounting into a labyrinth where corporations have to waste manpower and income to constantly manage their tax situation while government receives reduced revenues that can't be anticipated from one year to the next. Multi-national corporations like GE can also use the complexity of the US tax system to manipulate the tax code by deflecting profits outside the US but maximizing deductions in their tax burden. The corporate tax situation has caused even a fiscal liberal like President Obama...
  • It's time to Boycott from President Obama's corporate donors, GE, GM, Chrysler, Goldman, Etc.

    03/02/2012 5:40:36 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 15 replies
    vanity | March 2, 2012 | Steelers6
    It's time to use the lefts tactics on them, they have done this to many conservatives and is doing it to Rush now. It's time to fight back.
  • Kentucky bourbon makers fear hangover from Obama's corporate tax overhaul

    02/25/2012 3:44:15 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/25/12 | Erik Wasson
    Kentucky bourbon makers fear hangover from Obama's corporate tax overhaulBy Erik Wasson - 02/25/12 07:49 AM ET Kentucky bourbon makers say President Obama’s corporate tax overhaul could hobble their industry and cause major economic hardship in the Bluegrass State. The makers of Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels and Evan Williams are worried about the elimination of an accounting method that allows companies to lower their tax burdens by boosting the costs associated with inventory held for a long period. Obama’s Treasury Department sees the “last in, first out” (LIFO) accounting rule as a loophole. By eliminating it and other tax provisions,...
  • Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work (Update: Georgia)

    02/18/2012 7:02:34 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 29 replies · 1+ views
    National Right To Work Committee ^ | Feb 17, 2012 | NRTW Committee Staff
    Caterpillar: Goodbye Illinois, Hello Indiana’s Right To Work February 17, 2012 Caterpillar digging into Indiana Caterpillar has been a mainstay Illinois-based company for generations but no longer. The power and influence of big labor has impacted the company for too long, damaging its bottom-line and hurting workers. Now that Illinois’ neighbor, Indiana, has become a Right to Work state, Caterpillar is exploring their options, according to The Detroit News’ Robert Laurie: Back in 2009, Barack Obama announced that Caterpillar had promised to rehire some of its laid-off workforce if his stimulus proposal passed. This week, the nation’s largest manufacturer of...
  • Comparison of Proposed Corporate Personhood Amendments

    01/17/2012 6:44:07 PM PST · by Son House · 3 replies
    Battleground Blog ^ | January 17, 2012 | Rick Staggenborg
    There are many amendments that have been proposed whose sponsors claim will abolish corporate personhood and/or declare that money is not free speech. Here is a discussion of the problems with the four types that have been introduced in Congress and of two that are being promoted by various groups and individuals to address these problems. EDWARDS-STYLE AMENDMENTS TO GIVE CONGRESS THE POWER TO REGULATE CORPORATE “FREE SPEECH” The Donna Edwards amendment is the prototype of a group of amendments that would if passed give Congress the power to regulate corporate money in campaigns. Others falling into this group include...
  • Thirty companies paid no U.S. income tax 08-10: report

    11/03/2011 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 11 replies
    Thirty companies paid no U.S. income tax 08-10: report Photo 12:52pm EDT By Kevin Drawbaugh (Reuters) - Thirty large and profitable U.S. corporations paid no income taxes in 2008 through 2010, said a study released on Thursday that arrives as Congress faces rising demands for tax reform, but seems unable or unwilling to act. Pepco Holdings Inc, a Washington, D.C.-area power company, had the lowest effective tax rate, at negative 57.6 percent, among the 280 Fortune 500 companies studied. The statutory U.S. corporate income tax rate is 35 percent, one of the highest in the world, but over the 2008-2010...
  • The children of the one per cent out for a good time at Occupy Wall Street

    10/11/2011 9:18:56 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 2:26 PM on 11th October 2011 | By Paul Bentley and Micaela Mclucas
    They have branded themselves the 99 per cent, camping out in New York's financial district to protest against corporate greed and financial inequality. But on the ground at the epicentre of the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, a closer look at some of the impassioned protesters is starting to suggest that while many of them have genuine grievances, all may not be completely as advertised. The flash of a designer belt, a watch or even, in one case, a huge wad of cash reveals many activists are not quite so hard done by.
  • Occupy OKC activists take over downtown park - indefinitely

    10/11/2011 6:12:50 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 24 replies
    Red Dirt Report ^ | October 10, 2011 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY – Approximately 300 people gathered in Kerr Park late Monday afternoon as part of the national “Occupy Wall Street” movement which is spreading through the U.S. like wildfire. And many of them plan to camp and protest Wall Street, the Federal Reserve or other bastions of corporate power – indefinitely. “In the unfortunate instance that you are arrested, do not resist arrest,” warned an attorney acting as part of the Occupy OKC legal team. He went on to say that Occupy OKC is committed to non-violence. The Oklahoma City Police Department had so far been very courteous and...
  • Special report: China's debt pileup raises risk of hard landing

    10/09/2011 6:02:06 PM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 9, 2011 | Kelvin Soh and Aileen Wang
    CHENGDU/WUHAN, China (Reuters) - When China announced a nearly $600 billion package to ward off the 2008 global financial crisis, city planners across the country happily embarked on a frenzy of infrastructure projects, some of them of arguable need. Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan province, answered the call for stimulus action with a bold plan for a railway hub modeled after Waterloo railway station in London. Except London's Waterloo was not ambitious enough. > China's local governments have piled up a mountain of bad debt, some of it to finance bridges to nowhere and other white elephant projects, which...
  • The U.S. Drone Fleet Is Fully Infected By A Computer Virus

    10/07/2011 11:19:43 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Oct 7, 2011 | Robert Johnson
    An unnamed computer virus is compromising the security of U.S. Reaper and Predator drones as they fly missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Pakistan. Wired reports the virus was found about two weeks ago and hasn't kept the drone pilots at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada from conducting missions. There haven't been any reports of classified data breaches, but the virus has resisted the military's best efforts to remove it.
  • Alberta's labour market leads North America [ Canada lowered their Corp taxes rates significantly ]

    09/01/2011 1:07:26 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    CBC ^ | Sep 1 2011 | CBC News
    Alberta is number one when it comes to labour market performance across North America, says a report released by the Fraser Institute on Thursday. The think tank evaluated employment growth, private sector growth, rates and duration of unemployment and overall productivity in 10 Canadian provinces and all 50 American states between 2006 and 2010. Alberta had the best-performing job market among all jurisdictions, with the highest total employment growth — including growth in the private sector — and the second-lowest duration of unemployment, the report said. Saskatchewan came in second overall among all provinces and states, while Manitoba placed fourth,...
  • Fox News off and then on again at Escondido gym (LA Fitness)

    08/10/2011 7:10:31 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    North County Times ^ | August 8, 2011 | Mark Walker
    Fox News off and then on again at Escondido gym Fitness devotee Dianne Lowe's best exercise in recent days may be standing up for what she says is free speech. The five-year member of the LA Fitness club on El Norte Parkway in Escondido was outraged last week when she went to turn on the right-leaning cable channel while working out and found it wouldn't come in. Lowe talked to a gym attendant, who she said told her that LA Fitness officials had ordered it shut down. "They told me, 'We are not allowed to turn on Fox News,' and...
  • Son, Girlfriend of CEO Die After Incidents at San Diego Mansion

    07/18/2011 11:34:16 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 58 replies ^ | July 18, 2011 | FoxNews/AP
    The 6-year-old son of a prominent pharmaceutical executive died Sunday, almost a week after falling down the stairs at his family's mansion and four days after his father's girlfriend was found dead hanging from a balcony in the house.
  • Arizona man sentenced for shooting his car

    07/07/2011 8:35:49 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 26 replies
    AP ^ | July 7, 2011
    <p>KINGMAN, Ariz.—A western Arizona man has received a three-month sentence after authorities say he shot his Camaro because it wouldn't start and then refused to come out of his home.</p>