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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.

House Approves Anti-Immigration Bill

Apr 30, 2008

State Officials Predict Economic Boost from Marriage Decision
In the wake of the state Supreme Court's legalization of gay marriage, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) said he believes gay marriages could help boost the state's economy. The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau anticipates a tourism boom in the city this summer, said spokesperson Angela Jackson. The bureau's Web site promotes a gay travel section and now explains that same-sex couples are "officially allowed to marry in the state of California."

Bush Headlines Summit

May 31, 2008

Small Business Owners Meet With Lawmakers

President Bush rallies small business owners around his trade, health care, and tax proposals.

At the U.S. Chamber's Small Business Summit, President George W. Bush praised small businesses and the Chamber for their contributions to the economy and to the policy debate in Washington, D.C.

Business Tax Credits Passed in Last Minute Flurry

Apr 30, 2008

Schools Offer to Retrain Students

Louisiana's community and technical colleges are offering to retrain students for free if businesses deem them not prepared enough after hiring them. Gov. Bobby Jindal (D), who campaigned partly on the "Day 1 Guarantee," praised the new plan in a news conference at Baton Rouge Community College. There is no funding set aside specifically for the new "Day 1 Guarantee" policy, so there will be limited direct effects. But Jindal said the message and the stronger links between industry and colleges are key.


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