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Coming Soon! Streamlined Hearing Proceedings

Efficient and convenient aren’t words usually associated with state government.  But small business owners in New York State may soon be able to breathe easier knowing that there’s at least one thing that the state is trying to improve for … Continue reading

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Obamacare compassion is overwhelming

Pardon me while I wipe away the tears of appreciation for the Obama administration’s decision delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate until 2015. The compassion of the administration for businesses struggling to figure out and comply with this regulatory behemoth is overwhelming. … Continue reading

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The feds: Everybody out of the pool!

You might notice that are not as many “mom and pop” hotels these days. An odd example of why can be found in just one of the regulations that the federal government imposes on a business in the name of … 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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Obama IRA “pension abuse” should start with government retirees

Word is that Obama’s budget plan, to be introduced this week, will propose limiting individual retirement accounts, IRAs, to no more than $3 million. The intent is to keep annual pension income to about $205,000 a year – an amount … Continue reading

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The State of Small Business in Michigan

While Michigan is on right track, federal policies are counterproductive The state’s leading advocate for small business owners presented the “State of Michigan Small Business” before the state House Commerce Committee. The presentation explored the common definitions and perceptions of … Continue reading

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Helping the rich get richer – Why raising the minimum wage causes maximum harm to the poor

Why shouldn’t teenagers living at home with their well-to-do parents get a raise?  Why shouldn’t highly paid union employees get a bump in pay? So what if poor people end up with no jobs, reduced hours and higher prices on … Continue reading

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Earth to Washington: Small-Business Fiscal Model Not Rocket Science

Although American small-business owners survived Washington’s fiscal cliff fiasco, few of them are dancing in the streets. Instead, they’re bracing for yet another government-induced crisis as early as mid-February when our national debt hits its ceiling. Although the cliff deal … Continue reading

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Flooding with impunity: Can government destroy private property without paying compensation?

Today the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States. The NFIB Legal Center filed in the case because it raises an important issue impacting small business property rights. The question is whether … Continue reading

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