Monthly Archives: May 2013

NY Small Biz Doesn’t Want Union to Get Exemption from Obamacare

As we have seen across the country, collective bargaining organizations are continuously making their case to avoid the financial pitfalls of Obamacare.  Waiver after waiver has been granted.  And now, here in New York, a similar scenario is beginning to … Continue reading

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Medicaid expansion: Buy now, pay later

Like many of the consumer advertisements that proclaim ownership of big ticket items for “only pennies a day” the  promise of federal funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare should carry the familiar Better Business Bureau warning: “If it sounds too good … Continue reading

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iTax: US Tax Code Rotten to the Core

Earlier this week Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared before a Senate Subcommittee to discuss Apple’s tax practices. As Cook asserted, “We pay all the taxes we owe — every single dollar.” The problem isn’t just that Apple and other companies … Continue reading

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NFIB Marks 70 Years as America’s Leading Small-Business Advocate

On the occasion of the National Federation of Independent Business’ 70th anniversary, NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner issued the following statement: “Seventy years ago, the National Federation of Independent Business began its mission to protect the right to own, … Continue reading

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IRS: Tax Collector or Political Enforcer?

As a small-business owner, you work hard to establish and maintain customer relationships based on integrity and fairness. Violating that standard of behavior can ruin your business. And, you expect the same from others, particularly those in positions of power … Continue reading

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Internet Tax Debate Flares, But a Bigger Issue Won’t go Away

We’re all familiar with the old proverb: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” But these days, that statement should be revised to say: “Nothing is certain but death and unchecked federal government spending that causes higher, more complex, burdensome … Continue reading

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New York’s Farms Deserve Better

Yesterday, the State Assembly passed the “Farm Worker Fair Labor Practices Act” (A.1792a).  Without getting into the weeds to much on this legislation, it basically would impose factory style labor mandates on family farms.  Those very farms that have faced … Continue reading

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NFIB Says NY Earns it’s Lousy Business Ranking

CEO Magazine is the latest business publication to give New York a failing grade for its economic climate and the state’s leading small business group said it’s time for Governor Cuomo and lawmakers to knock off the public relations gimmicks … Continue reading

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Michigan Treasury’s tax overkill

Perception is a powerful tool when it comes to a state’s business climate. Making Michigan attractive for new investment – and encouraging businesses already located here to stay put – is a deliberative and dynamic process. Michigan’s recent, positive steps … Continue reading

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Happy Tax Freedom Day NY!

            A picture that is worth a thousand words (and dollars!).  New York’s “Tax Freedom Day” is the second to last in the nation.  A dubious distinction which, coupled with our stifling regulations,  fully cements … Continue reading

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