Wisconsin in focus: U.S.-Canada trade battle heats up

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  1 Comment

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: U.S. slaps Canada with tariffs on lumber A week after President Donald Trump called Canada a “disgrace” for policies that hurt Wisconsin dairy farmers, he’s slapping tariffs on Canadian lumber. “It has been a bad week for US-Canada trade relations,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday. The tariffs, of up to […]

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Michigan community banks welcome deregulation

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Michigan, News  /  No Comments

Michigan community banks that weathered a storm of federal red tape, mergers and consolidations now see smoother sailing ahead thanks to the prospect of federal regulatory reforms aimed at ramping up economic growth. The House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday will review an updated draft of the Financial CHOICE Act, which would revise the landmark […]

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Florida in focus: State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with governor looms

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Tampa Bay Times: State lawmakers end budget stalemate, but clash with Rick Scott looms State lawmakers reached a tentative deal on an $83 billion budget Tuesday that could end the session on time but could put them on a collision course with Gov. Rick Scott. A day after a stalemate threatened to derail the legislative […]

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Illinois takes a bigger piece of local businesses’ profits than all neighboring states

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Illinois, News  /  1 Comment

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Illinois’ businesses are taxed higher than all of their neighbors. That’s according to a new report ranking states by their burdens on local companies. Chicago-based Anderson Economics Group’s annual report on the level of tax burdens on businesses shows Illinois companies aren’t as taxed as much as they are in states such as New York […]

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Wisconsin in focus: Repeal of prevailing wage debated

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Wisconsin State Journal: Debate over prevailing wage repeal Critics of a proposal to fully repeal the state’s prevailing wage laws decried it Monday as an assault on the wages of blue-collar workers, while proponents framed the move as frugal stewardship of public funds. A state Senate panel gave the proposal its first legislative hearing Monday. […]

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Florida in focus: Florida budget talks crash over spending dispute

By   /  April 25, 2017  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Tampa Bay Times: As budget talks crash, Corcoran wants ‘continuation’ budget, no new spending A bitter stalemate over spending forced the Legislature to suspend work on a budget Monday, stirring more bad blood among Republicans and putting an on-time adjournment in doubt. Senate President Joe Negron, R-Stuart, and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, bargained […]

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