GOP tax reforms stoke debate in states with large manufacturing, agriculture sectors

By   /  July 12, 2017  /  Illinois, News, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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A congressional panel this week will spotlight how federal tax reform could help small businesses, but one possible component of the GOP reform plans would cost businesses an estimated $1.5 trillion over the next decade. Though a hearing scheduled Thursday by the Tax Policy Subcommittee will highlight how tax reform could strengthen economic growth nationwide, […]

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Casino industry ramps up effort to repeal sports betting ban

By   /  July 5, 2017  /  Illinois, Nevada, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

A national campaign to overturn the federal ban on sports betting outside Nevada got under way this month, giving momentum to sports betting supporters in states like Illinois and Pennsylvania. The American Sports Betting Coalition, which is made up of state and local elected officials as well as law enforcement and businesses, launched the effort […]

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Tax credit proposal aimed at luring jobs to Michigan divides business leaders

By   /  June 29, 2017  /  Michigan, News  /  No Comments

A package of bills that would give tax breaks to companies bringing large-scale, job-generating projects into Michigan hit the skids amid political squabbles and charges that the rewards amount to corporate welfare. Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard canceled a floor vote last week on the “Good Jobs for Michigan” bills sponsored by State Sen. Jim […]

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Minnesota ramps up job production, but some see its economy as underperforming

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  Minnesota, News  /  1 Comment

Recent rosy statistics paint Minnesota as outpacing its neighbors in job production over the past year and bearing down on unemployment, but others see a sputtering economy that’s beset by troubling tax policies. Minnesota in 2016 added more than 32,000 people to its workforce, according to newly released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor […]

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Labor shortages pose challenge for humming New Hampshire economy

By   /  June 25, 2017  /  New Hampshire, News  /  No Comments

New Hampshire’s jobless rate remained one of the lowest in the nation in May, continuing a steady pace of job creation and moderate wage gains, but some economists see potential labor shortages taking the wind out of the state’s sails. The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate last month came in at 2.9 percent, a 0.1-point […]

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Pennsylvania debate: Should state offer subsidies to keep nuclear plants afloat?

By   /  June 22, 2017  /  News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

Pennsylvania state lawmakers are wading into a policy dispute that pits two groups of energy behemoths in the state against each other and raises the possibility of ratepayer subsidies going to struggling nuclear power plants. More than 60 Pennsylvania state lawmakers formed a bipartisan Nuclear Energy Caucus to foster discussions about the future of the […]

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