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Businesses Weigh in on Tax

May 31, 2008

Governor Leads Trade Mission to Latin America

Gov. Bob Riley (R) plans to lead a 45-member delegation of educators and business representatives to Chile, Columbia, Brazil and Argentina on a South American trade mission beginning May 29. Riley and Alabama companies hope to open new markets to further increase Alabama's already ballooning trade with Latin American that has followed free trade measures such as the 2004 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser

Prevent Worker Drug Use

May 31, 2008

A free, new toolkit by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), contains information on setting up a drug-free workplace program. According to HHS, some 12.3 million American workers use illicit drugs. Drug use can slow worker productivity, increase the number of workplace accidents and the cost of insurance, and hurt employee morale.

Fitting Into the Global Economy

May 31, 2008

Dr. Martin Regalia

With the dollar's decline and the increasing role that export growth has played thus far in offsetting much of the decline in housing markets, now may be a good time to take another look at the position of the United States in the global economy and the implications of  that position for America's citizens, businesses, and policymakers.

Experts at Chamber Event Call for Simpler Financial Regulations

Apr 30, 2008
from Forum for Innovation

There must be improvements to the capital markets regulatory structure to protect businesses from another financial crisis such as the subprime mortgage collapse, according to panel of experts from the financial, policy, and academic sectors speaking at a May 28 event hosted by the U.S. Chamber.

A Restricted Sign Of the Times

May 31, 2008

Business owners in Naperville, Illinois, are protesting proposed new sign regulations. Owners are miffed about proposals that include a ban on hand-held signs and people in costumes serving as signage. But the most contentious proposal would bar nondelivery vehicles bearing signs from parking near the business for more than half of its operating hours.

Source: The Naperville Sun, May 13, 2008

Chamber Ranks Legal Climates

May 31, 2008

The U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is turning up the heat on lawsuit abuse at the state level with the release of its annual Harris Interactive survey rankings of the country's best and worst legal environments in which to do business.

"The survey results send a clear message to states whose legal climate drives away businesses, jobs, and economic development: If you want a healthy state economy, clean up your act," says ILR President  Lisa Rickard. 

Readers Wrangle Over Climate Change

May 31, 2008

Recent commentary from U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue on climate change generated a vibrant discussion on

"People who believe that global warming is man-made are absolutely ridiculous! Granted we should all be good stewards of what God has given us and 'go green,' but the idea of 'the point of no return' as far as global warming is concerned is ridiculous."
-Tom Munds, Caldwell, OH

Small Businesses Stir Up Washington, D.C. - Photo Gallery

May 31, 2008

Small business owners and local chamber leaders met with their elected representatives, networked, learned tips for running their businesses, and gained political insight during America's Small Business Summit 2008, April 16-18, in Washington, D.C.

Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Thomas "Mack" McLarty (left), former Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card (right), and former House member and current TV talk show host John Kasich talk politics and the 2008 presidential campaign.

More Than Networking

May 31, 2008

Local Chambers Provide Business Solutions 

While Congress continues to grapple over education and health care, local chambers of commerce and their members are leading a quiet revolution that is changing the way small companies buy health insurance and prepare the future workforce.

Gearing Up for Tax Gap Fight

May 31, 2008

The U.S. Chamber is at the forefront of a fight against a payment card reporting proposal that would increase debit and credit card processing costs for small businesses and expose them to needless audits.

Congress is considering this proposal as one of several measures to close the tax gap—the difference between what is actually owed in taxes and what the IRS has collected. The IRS puts the tax gap at $290 billion, with at least $100 billion coming from underreporting by the self-employed.

Health Care Plans Are Debated

May 31, 2008

Campaign Experts Come to the Chamber

Gary Gensler outlines Hillary Clinton's health care reform proposal at the U.S. Chamber.

The U.S. Chamber invited advocates of the major presidential campaigns to make the case for their respective candidate's health care reform plan during a panel discussion on April 16 at Chamber headquarters.

In Your Backyard

May 31, 2008

State Has Lowest Tax Burden-
Delaware has the lowest business tax burden, according to an annual study by the Council on State Taxation. Delaware business taxes came in at 3.5% compared with the national average of 5%.
Source: Associated Press

It Was a Very Good Year

Jun 1, 2008

Progress on Health Care, Education

Paul S. Speranza Jr.
Chairman of the Board
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

As my year as volunteer chairman of the U.S. Chamber board of directors concludes, I feel proud to have played an important role in strengthening the organization and in advancing a few of its key policy priorities.

Tax Bill Clears the House, Faces Uncertain Future in the Senate

Apr 30, 2008

Despite the threat of a presidential veto, the House passed a $54 billion tax bill that would extend energy and business tax provisions supported by the U.S. Chamber but it would do so by using revenue-raising provisions that targets other businesses.

"The Chamber supports legislation that would extend these vital tax provisions; however, the Chamber opposes the decision to include targeted tax increases on the nation's businesses," the Chamber's Bruce Josten said in a May 21 letter to the House.


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