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Restoring Balance to the Regulatory Process

We already know that regulations cost us mightily in terms of job creation, whether it’s the red tape of getting major energy projects approved or overeager states heavily regulating the employment relationship. Today, the Chamber’s Randy Johnson and Bill Kovacs hosted an event called, “Restorin

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The Cost of Red Tape: $1.1 Trillion & 2 Million Jobs

Further to Bill Kovacs’ and Kevin Ganster’s posts below, at today’s event to roll out the study of the economic impact of red tape delays on energy projects, there was a good press turnout, with a number of reporters in the room and over 50 reporters on the phone. Bill Kovacs set the table, givi

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The NLRB Answers: "Which Side Are You On?"

“Which Side Are You On?” goes the old union song. As if we didn’t know already, the NLRB has answered that question again in a most interesting way. The Board – an ostensibly impartial, non-partisan and quasi-judicial body which decides disputes between labor and management – has taken the unusual

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The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth: The 'Main Thing'

from ICW

Great event this morning here at the Chamber, featuring Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The occasion was the roll-out of a groundbreaking study by the Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) entitled, “The Impact of State Employment Policies on Job Growth: A 50-State Review.” Gov. Barbour was invit

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After all that....

The not-so-big news for the Purple People over at the SEIU this week was, according to BNA, that "Workers in 39 of 44 bargaining units at 15 hospitals and long-term care facilities in Ohio operated by Catholic Healthcare Partners  (representing some 7,000 employees in all) voted against union repr

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State of American Business: A Preview

If you want a sneak peak at today's State of American Business address by Chamber President Tom Donohue, you can find it here in the form of an op-ed in The Daily Caller.  Entitled, "A Plan for Economic Renewal," it focuses on four areas that will be business' priorities in 2011: First, we must r

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Trade and Exports Lead to Cities' Revival

Interesting piece in the National Journal by Ron Brownstein about how some cities are finding renewal through exports. "Access to international markets," says Brownstein, "is already central to the prosperity of many places where protectionism is often a winning political argument." Elaborating, he

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In Corporate Tax Rates, U.S. Seizes the Gold Medal

For years, as we’ve debated the various burdens on US business vis a vis our trading partners (i.e., "competitors"), we have pointed out that we have the highest legal costs (by a mile), some of the greatest regulatory and compliance costs, and the second highest corporate tax rate in the world, ju

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"Card Check" Supporter Calls for Secret Ballot Elections

In an ironic twist, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), long-time supporter of the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), is calling for secret ballot elections -- for Senate Committee Chairs. As you know, EFCA swims against the tide of democracy by allowing coercion to rule over a secret ballot in a wo

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"To revive the economy, pull back the red tape"

by Pat ClearySenator Mark Warner (D-VA) has a great op-ed by that title in today's WaPo. Echoing a theme we've talked about often, i.e., the soaring cost of government regulation and its paralyzing effect on growth in the economy. Sen. Warner, who has worked in the business and investment world, wel