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  • California Businesses Need Stronger Federal Clean Water Rules

    Steve Frisch by: Steve Frisch
    You don't have to be a native Californian to know how important water is to our state, especially in light of the current record-breaking drought. The total cost of this drought is already running into the billions of dollars, and could end up costing us thousands of jobs.
      Water is an economic necessity, and we need to protect it. That's why a law like the Clean Water Act, designed to protect our waterways from harmful discharges, is so important -- not just for agriculture, but also to industries like tourism, fishing, manufacturing and even technology. With water so scarce in California, and the state expected to grow to 50 million people by 2050, we need to make sure were protecting every drop.

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  • Walgreens' Founder Wouldn't Approve Company's Unpatriotic Tax Dodge

    Jim Burke by: Jim Burke
    Charles Walgreen Sr., founder of the nation's biggest drugstore chain, would not approve of what the management of his company is planning. He would never have considered moving his headquarters address to a foreign country just to avoid paying the company's fair share in U.S. taxes. He loved his community and country too much.
      How do I know? Because I'm the mayor of the small city in Illinois where Charles Walgreen spent his formative years, went to public school and had his first experience working in a drugstore. Later, after Walgreens bought a pharmacy in Chicago and grew it into a hugely successful chain, he became a major benefactor of the city of Dixon because he believed that a good business gives back.

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  • Time to Stop Corporate Defections

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    In the most blatant display of national disloyalty since Benedict Arnold sold out to the British, at least a dozen American corporations are planning to renounce their corporate "citizenship" in the United States and declare themselves foreign companies.
      They won't physically move their facilities overseas -- they'll just reincorporate on paper in a tax haven where they have few employees or any real business. They will continue to enjoy the substantial benefits of operating here, but they'll pay the rock bottom tax rates of a tax haven.
      These defections, known as corporate "inversions," will lose $20 billion in revenue over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation.

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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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Sen. Leahy: Stop Corruption, Help the Poor

Beatrice  Parwatikar by: Beatrice Parwatikar
Medicare fraud. Drug running. Human trafficking. Tax avoidance.
  The common thread that runs through all of these crimes is the use of anonymous shell companies, phantom entities ...



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 ...





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 ...



How People of Color Can Improve Their End-of-Life Healthcare

Brandi Alexander by: Brandi Alexander
The day my father died from prostate cancer -- Jan 11, 2011 -- is the day I decided that no family should ever experience the same pain. That day everything changed for me. I had worked for seven ...








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California Businesses Need Stronger Federal Clean Water Rules (by: Steve Frisch) in the Bell Gardens Sun

Walgreens' Founder Wouldn't Approve Company's Unpatriotic Tax Dodge (by: Jim Burke) in the USA Today

Time to Stop Corporate Defections (by: Frank Clemente) in the The Hill

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

Sen. Leahy: Stop Corruption, Help the Poor (by: Beatrice Parwatikar) in the Bennington Banner

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

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

How People of Color Can Improve Their End-of-Life Healthcare (by: Brandi Alexander) in the Culpeper Star-Exponent

Open Government Initiative: Litmus Test for Obama on Whistleblowers (by: Tom Devine, Shanna Devine) in the The Hill

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



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