Technology industry: Pennsylvania governor’s proposed tech tax would cost jobs

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed what’s been dubbed a tech tax to help balance the budget this year, but technology firms in the state are booting up an opposition campaign against a revenue plan they see as a job killer. “If adopted, this tax will impact nearly every business in the Commonwealth,” says a […]

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Colorado’s economy shows strong growth, rural communities lag behind

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  Colorado, News  /  No Comments

New numbers crunched by the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office show Colorado is blazing a trail of robust economic growth, business optimism and very low unemployment. But despite numbers that show state economic growth as high as 5.1 percent, some economists and economic development officials in Colorado see challenges on the horizon. These include lagging […]

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Wisconsin wineries say state law limiting hours limits business

By   /  May 11, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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The growing throngs of Wisconsin wineries are pressing state lawmakers to grant them extended operating hours, but tavern owners in the state hope to put a cork on those efforts. Current regulations that force many wineries to shut their doors at 9 p.m. limits the wineries’ ability to hold events such as weddings, wedding receptions […]

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Pennsylvania considers replacing school property tax with income, sales tax hikes

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Many Pennsylvania homeowners and state lawmakers are now sounding the drumbeat to eliminate the school property tax, which they say is overburdening senior citizens and has been rising precipitously in recent years. Sen. David G. Argall, a Republican from Schuylkill County, has proposed Senate Bill 76, which would eliminate the school property tax and make […]

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Fiscal policy expert questions new report on Michigan strategy for prosperity

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, News  /  No Comments

Michigan should focus more on building regional hubs of workforce talent, investing in higher education and raising household incomes, according to a public policy report released last month. “It should now be clear that having a growing economy, or a low unemployment, or being business-friendly – all of which have been the goals of state […]

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Wisconsin, 15th in manufacturing job growth, to Illinoisans: Come on up

By   /  May 5, 2017  /  Illinois, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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New employment numbers show Wisconsin surpassed many of its Midwest neighbors in creating new manufacturing jobs over the past year, prompting one Wisconsin business leader to put out the welcome mat to Illinois workers. Wisconsin added 3,000 manufacturing jobs between March 2016 and March of this year, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. […]

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