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  • Trading Up for a Better Trade Deal

    David Levine by: David Levine
    As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand the impact it can have all our businesses.
      Representing hundreds of thousands of businesses from diverse sectors and different regions nationwide, we have come to understand first-hand that trade is an important element of a robust economy. As a business organization, we opposed Fast Track and the TPP not because we are against trade, but because we need a better trade deal than what the TPP is offering.

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  • Social Impact Bonds Can Help Solve Difficult Social Problems

    Greg Keesling by: Greg Keesling
    Addressing societal issues is both a moral and fiscal imperative for our country. High recidivism rates, low educational attainment, and high incidents of preventable diseases are just a few of the harmful and costly issues communities face nationwide. Though governments bear the brunt of these problems by having to allocate an ever-increasing share of taxpayer funds for remediation, businesses increasingly feel the effects.
      Areas with high levels of crime or an undertrained or unhealthy workforce are unattractive places to conduct business. When public sector resources are stretched thinner and thinner, the fiscal burden is often passed along to business owners in the form of tax increases.

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  • Walmart's Use of Tax Havens Hurts Small Businesses

    J. Kelly  Conklin by: J. Kelly Conklin
    Recent revelations that Walmart, the world's biggest corporation, is maintaining secret subsidiaries in well-known offshore tax havens are outrageous but far from surprising to small business owners. That's because we're used to seeing large corporations abuse the tax system in ways that hurt our businesses, communities and families. Walmart's hidden web of 78 subsidiaries in 15 tax havens, unveiled in a report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), is just the latest example. Let's hope it spurs reform.
      ATF says Walmart may have skirted U.S. securities law by not properly reporting its tax-haven subsidiaries.

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  • The Business Case for the Carbon Tax

    Julie Fox Gorte by: Julie Fox Gorte
    History offers a great many examples of individuals, groups and societies that lived too much in the moment and compromised longer term prosperity -- or in some cases (think Easter Island) even survival. It's the same with climate change today. We're past the point where we can debate whether to act. We can either act prudently and account for long-term risk or face catastrophe.
      Want proof? One: almost three million people in the US live less than three feet above the average high tide, according to a recent report from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Two: s after Hurricane Sandy, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was fiscally insolvent, and required legislation and a $28 billion taxpayer bailout to fix temporarily.

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Legislation that Could End Unwanted Medical Treatment

Daniel  Wilson by: Daniel Wilson
Roughly 25 million Americans have been subjected to unwanted medical treatment at some point in their lives, and that means we have a healthcare system that is not listening to patients. We all ...



Bring Back Public Health Standards for Women's Reproductive Health

Joycelyn  Elders by: Joycelyn Elders
As Americans, we strive for safety -- the safest medicines, safest cars, safest toys. But when it comes to women's reproductive health, our state legislatures are passing laws putting women's health ...





Enshrining a Presumption of Openness

Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
The President has a new opportunity to ensure that the openness policies laid out on his first day of office do not end on his last day. On January 21, 2009, President Obama signed an executive ...



How Stricter Chemical Regulations Will Be Good for the Industry

Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
Most people probably don't check the labels of chemical products they use, or go online to do research about how dangerous certain chemicals are. That's understandable, but it's also a shame, because ...








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Trading Up for a Better Trade Deal (by: David Levine) in the Augusta Free Press

Social Impact Bonds Can Help Solve Difficult Social Problems (by: Greg Keesling) in the The Hill

Walmart's Use of Tax Havens Hurts Small Businesses (by: J. Kelly Conklin) in the Augusta Free Press

The Business Case for the Carbon Tax (by: Julie Fox Gorte) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Legislation that Could End Unwanted Medical Treatment (by: Daniel Wilson) in the The Health Care Blog

Bring Back Public Health Standards for Women's Reproductive Health (by: Joycelyn Elders) in the Austin American-Statesman

Enshrining a Presumption of Openness (by: Patrice McDermott) in the Effingham Daily News

How Stricter Chemical Regulations Will Be Good for the Industry (by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks) in the Augusta Free Press

Congress Can Honor Servicemembers Through Military Whistleblower Bill (by: Tom Devine, Shanna Devine) in the Roll Call

The U.S. Corporate Tax Rate Isn't a Threat to Business, but Crumbling Infrastructure Is (by: Scott Klinger) in the The Hill



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