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  • Gay wedding expo held amid same-sex marriage fight

    08/18/2014 5:50:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    wsvn.com ^ | 8/18/14
    ....Gay Nuptials, a gay-friendly wedding expo, held its inaugural event at the Hagen Park Community Center in Wilton Manors....
  • More Businesses Shutting Down than Starting Up

    05/08/2014 7:29:33 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 8 2014 | WHITNEY BLAKE
    A new Brookings Institution report indicates that businesses are shuttering their doors more quickly than new ones are popping up. From the Washington Post: The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978. Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study -- 2009, 2010 and 2011 -- businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first. Overall, new businesses creation (measured...
  • Legal Workaround to Labor Forced by Homosexual Privilege

    02/27/2014 12:52:33 PM PST · by Talisker · 76 replies
    I believe I have developed a simple, yet effective workaround to the new powers our government has handed homosexuals - specifically, the ability to force people to do labor against their religious beliefs (I never in a million years thought I would write such a sentence in America). The solution is to identify the specific kind of issues over which homosexuals are likely to invoke their involuntary servitude powers, and separate those issues into a private Christian club. An example: Christian bakeries would now put up a sign stating that they no longer make wedding cakes. Any wedding cakes, for...
  • 3D printing will change the way businesses are transacted

    11/18/2013 9:41:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The India Financial Express ^ | November 18, 2013 | Uma Ganesh, CEO, Global Talent Track
    3D printing has been making waves in the manufacturing arena which is touted as the next big thing to revolutionise consumerism and product development. Just as e-commerce has removed the boundaries for marketing and brought the consumers and producers closer, 3D printing is expected to enlarge the market for producers by removing the shackles of production volumes, minimising the time to market and customising the product as per individual customer needs and all of this at affordable costs. In the early days of product creation, nuts, screws and hinges were individually hand-crafted for a very long time until the industrialisation...
  • 100 Unintended Consequences of Obamacare [I disagree with the claim that they are "unintended"]

    10/01/2013 5:57:20 AM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | Andrew Johnson | October 1, 2013
    In a few days, Obamacare’s October 1 launch date finally will have arrived. Ever since its passage, supporters of the law have made countless attempts to convince the American people of its viability, dismissing predictions of lost jobs, decreased hours, and rising costs, among others. Yet from major corporations to local mom-and-pop shops, from entire states to tiny school districts, a wide range of companies and institutions have seen Obamacare’s negative impact on their workers, budgets, and production. Here are 100 examples of how Obamacare is falling short of what was promised. (Note: Some items on this list came via...
  • US employers slashing worker hours to avoid Obamacare insurance mandate

    10/01/2013 3:05:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/1/2013 | Karen McVeigh
    Avita Samuels has worked at the Mall of America in Minneapolis for the last four years, juggling a sales job with her studies in political science and law at the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old has been the top sales associate for the last three years and works between 29 and 35 hours a week. But over the past few months, she said, she has watched as friends working in stores around her have their hours and benefits slashed – and she's worried that she will be next. Forever 21, the clothing store, told staff last month in a memo...
  • Wow: List of Over 300 Employers who have Cut Hours to Avoid Obamacare Tax

    09/28/2013 2:46:45 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 18 replies
    http://youngcons.com ^ | september 28, 2013 | David Rufful
    tate Employer Action Jobs with fewer hours, if specified Date of Action or Report Alabama Houston County Public Cut hours of part-time employees to fewer than 30 per week Sep-13 California Biola University Private Cut student work hours to a maximum of 25 per week; suspended limit due to employer mandate delay Sep-13 Florida Bealls Inc. (Department Stores) Private Restricted part-time hours to fewer than 30 per week Sep-13 Florida SeaWorld Entertainment Private Cut hours for part-time workers from a maximum of 32 to 28 per week Sep-13
  • Mounting Evidence of Obamacare's Unintended Consequences

    09/28/2013 8:37:23 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    http://www.fool.com ^ | september 27, 2013 | David Williamson and Max Macaluso
    Trader Joe's, the popular privately held supermarket, previously applauded for offering coverage to their part-time employees, is reversing course and, instead of coverage, employees will receive a $500 check. Trader Joe's argues that the employees will likely be able to find a similar plan at a similar cost on the Affordable Care Act's freshly minted state-based insurance exchanges. Of course, the cost is similar if you add in the government subsidies that those low-income employees are likely eligible to receive. As Trader Joe's was followed by Home Depot, this could be the start of a potentially unintended consequence of Obamacare:...
  • Seattle Mayor Invites Businesses to Post 'Gun-Free Zone' Signs in Their Stores

    08/19/2013 12:52:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 83 replies
    Seattle Mayor Invites Businesses to Post 'Gun-Free Zone' Signs in Their Stores August 19, 2013 - 3:18 PM By Penny Starr (CNSNews.com) – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, a Democrat, is inviting local merchants to voluntarily post “Gun Free Zone” signs in their businesses, letting customers who have guns know they should shop elsewhere. “We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premises” McGinn said in a press release issued by Washington CeaseFire, which is partnering with the mayor for the campaign. “The police department regularly enforces trespass laws when a visitor to a...
  • Two-thirds of small businesses aren't ready for ObamaCare, survey finds

    07/17/2013 8:46:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce ^ | 7/17/13 | Ben Goad
    Less than a third of small businesses say they’re prepared for the regulatory mandates under ObamaCare, a new survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found. The business lobby's quarterly survey of small firms found a concerns over the law have increased by a double-digit margin over the last year, and by 4 percentage points since the first three months on 2013. “Excessive regulation is having a crippling effect on job growth among small businesses, as our latest small-business survey makes clear,” said Rob Engstrom, the Chamber’s senior vice president. “In fact, the only thing that scares small businesses more...
  • America branded: States mapped out showing which product it is most famous for

    06/26/2013 7:11:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 100 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 26, 2013 | James Nye
    General Motors and Michigan, Starbucks and Washington, Walmart and Arkansas, Apple and California. A new map sweeping the Internet entitled the Corporate States of America lists the brands, albeit subjectively, that the creator, Steve Lovelace feels best fits each of the 50 states of the union. The criteria for each brand were that it is still based in the state of origin and that of course is still in business as of 2012.
  • Obama: 'We Don't Want to Tax All Businesses Out of Business'

    06/10/2013 7:26:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    CNS News ^ | 6/10/13 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama says Democrats "don't want to tax all businesses out of business." "I know that there are a few Republicans here in the audience," Obama said Friday at a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign in Palo Alto, Ca. "If you talk to us, it turns out we're pretty common-sense folks. "We don't think government can do everything," he said. "We don't think that top-down solutions are the right way to go. We believe in the free market. We believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations."
  • Business's forcing w-9 form compliance, outside of law

    03/21/2013 12:22:52 PM PDT · by George from New England · 35 replies
    March 21, 2013 | self
    I am finding businesses demanding I fill out the i.r.s. w-9 form for small jobs where the total payment is under $600. This is subcontractor type work reportable with 1099-misc form at year's end, only if the amount exceeds $600. I am being told that failure to comply could result in an i.r.s. fine of $50. Web research suggests that business have the option to require w-9 compliance http://smallbusiness.chron.com/am-required-law-obtain-form-w9-vendors-32756.html From that site: "The IRS requires that you obtain a W-9 from every vendor from whom you purchase $600 in labor and services or $5,000 in direct sales, but you can...
  • Business leaders come out in support of gay marriage in Illinois

    01/14/2013 7:41:31 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 14, 2013 | Manya Brachear
    Dozens of Illinois business leaders and several companies publicly endorsed gay marriage Sunday in an attempt to reignite the issue after a proposed bill failed to get traction in Springfield this month. State lawmakers aren't scheduled to be at the Capitol much until early February, and sponsors of a measure to grant gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry are likely to need some time to win over dozens of rookie colleagues. But in an open letter issued Sunday, business executives stated their case to lawmakers that marriage equality would strengthen the Illinois workforce and boost economic development.
  • Small Businesses May Not Get to Keep Their Self-Insured Health Plans.

    06/16/2012 9:09:46 AM PDT · by Son House · 7 replies
    Obamacare Watcher.org ^ | 06/05/2012 | Obamacare Watcher
    Imagine that, in order to increase competition among grocery stores, the government created local farmers’ markets all across the country. Anyone could sell food within these farmers’ markets—including the grocery stores. But when the grocery stores refused to participate, the government enacted regulations to force them to do so. Thus, what was meant to encourage competition instead became the means of suppressing it. Similarly, the Obama Administration has signaled that it may create new regulations in order to protect Obamacare’s online health insurance marketplaces called Health Insurance Exchanges. Despite Obama’s promise that if you like your health plan you can...
  • Businesses Exit California and Illinois

    12/26/2011 10:12:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/27/11 | Mike Shedlock
    Businesses have tad it with poor business conditions in two of the most dysfunctional states in the union, California and Illinois. In an editorial, the Orange County Register reports Even profitable firms fleeing California Democratic reaction to the news that Waste Connections, a $3.6-billion company and major Sacramento-area employer, is headed to Houston to seek a friendlier business climate tells other businesses all they need to know about the attitudes of those who run California's government. (Snip) The Chicago Tribune lists 10 companies with an eye in exiting the state in Illinois companies eyeing an exit
  • Obama takes more steps on own to help businesses (EOs seek to boost private, creates BusinessUSA)

    10/28/2011 9:41:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/28/11 | Ben Feller - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pushing a campaign to act without Congress, President Barack Obama moved unilaterally Friday to boost private business. He signed executive orders aimed at spurring economic growth, capping a week in which Obama sought to employ the power of his office as he struggles to make headway on his jobs bill on Capitol Hill. Obama's orders direct government agencies to shorten the time it takes for federal research to turn into commercial products in the marketplace. The goal is to help startup companies and small businesses create jobs and expand their operations more quickly. On the other front,...
  • My Solution: How to Restore Freedom of Association and End Government Tyranny

    08/31/2011 8:48:47 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Wednesday, August 31, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Unfortunately, many Americans have become inured to the trampling of freedom of association. You can work your fingers to the bone starting a business, and the government becomes a partner that contributes nothing but extracts much. It not only shares your profits and regulates you to death, but, more to the point here, dictates whom you must serve and the bases on which you may hire and fire people. And woe betide he who doesn’t bow before Leviathan. A recent example of this is the Wildflower Inn, a Vermont B&B. After devout Catholic owners Jim and Mary O’Reilly refused to...
  • America, the Needy-ful

    08/18/2011 7:53:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2011 | Kathy Fettke
    “How can the government help me?” This seems to be a growing sentiment among the American middle class. “The land of opportunity” is quickly becoming the “nation of the needy.” Here’s a question I received from a reader just last week: “I am not happy with how things are going since the Bush Administration allowed tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy. These cuts were supposed to end for those who just keep earning more off the middle class. My question is: I am told that investors can invest as little as $1000.00 in real estate, and make a living...
  • CNN Political Producer: 'We Know There Are a Lot of Businesses Who Have Been on a Hiring Streak'

    07/19/2011 4:19:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/19/11 | Mike Bates
    Today on the 2:00 pm segment of CNN Newsroom, anchor Randi Kaye spoke with CNN political producer Shannon Travis about criticism directed at President Barack Obama: TRAVIS: Yes, really, really quickly, billionaire Steve Wynn, you've seen his resorts all over Las Vegas. He's blasting President Obama. I'm going to read this quote from a call, an earnings call yesterday. Quote, "I'm saying it bluntly that this administration is the greatest wet blanket to business and progress and job creation in my lifetime". Those are from Steve Wynn. We know there are a lot of businesses who have been on a...
  • Driven off the Road by M.B.A.s

    07/10/2011 10:22:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 7/10/11 | Rana Foroohar
    Bob Lutz, the former Vice Chairman of General Motors, is the most famous also-ran in the auto business. In the course of his 47-year rampage through the industry, he's been within swiping range of the brass ring at Ford, BMW, Chrysler and, most recently, GM, but he's never landed the top gig. It's because he "made the cars too well," he says. It might also have something to do with the fact that Maximum Bob, who could double as a character on Mad Men, is less an éminence grise than a pithy self-promoter who has a tendency to go off...
  • Obama Gaveth & Taketh Away, Unless You're General Electric

    06/30/2011 3:47:11 PM PDT · by OneVike · 10 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 6/30/11 | Chuck Wolk
    In an attempt to shame the Republicans into allowing the Debt Ceiling to be raised, Obama is trotting out the tried-and-true class warfare card. In his press conference this morning, Obama is scolding private jet owners who receive tax breaks on their purchases. Just one problem though, back in 2009, it was Obama's own stimulus package that he and the Democrats passed that gave these very same individuals the tax credits he is now attacking. I am beginning to think that Obama smoked too much dope in college, because his short term memory is terrible. Besides forgetting that he...
  • 'Bumbling' Economy Result of 'Meddling' From Leaders: Ross

    06/14/2011 7:54:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 14 Jun 2011 | Jeff Cox
    The US economy is just "bumbling along" and creating an uncertainty among business that is likely to stifle hiring and growth, investor Wilbur Ross said. Ross blamed Washington policies for much of the problems, from the lack of a housing recovery to the recent controversy in which the Obama administration is trying to block Boeing ...from building a plant in a right-to-work state. "This kind of thing is bad because it's unsettling to companies," he said. "Business has a terrible time adjusting to uncertainty. Good news they can adjust to, bad news they can adjust to. Uncertainty makes it very,...
  • New Black Panthers Plan Massive Egypt-Style Protest & Boycott of ‘Non-Blacks’

    04/22/2011 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 104 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 19, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl,
    The New Black Panther Party, the racist and radical black power group, has a big day ahead of it this coming Saturday. According to its website, it’s planning a massive 60-city “showdown.” And the day of rage will include a protest of “non-black” businesses. The group says it’s establishing a home base at an office building in Harlem, an area it’s modeling after revolutionary ground zero in Egypt. The site goes on to explain why its rallying: As in other revolutions, protests and uprisings going on around the earth, a showdown is looming for Saturday April 23rd as marchers with...
  • U.S. businesses not buying President Obama’s rhetoric on energy ‘race’ with China

    03/15/2011 10:41:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/15/11 | Dipka Bhambhani
    The U.S. has “raced” to control space exploration, nuclear arms and electronics. Since taking office, President Obama has introduced the idea that the U.S. is now battling China — the world’s largest polluter — in new race for world domination. A clean energy race. “The nation that leads in the creation of a clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st-century global economy,” the president has said. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has repeated the message several times, creating a frenzy to “go green,” before China does. If America really is in such a race, the Energy and Commerce...
  • Obama Pushes Innovation at Ohio Small Businesses(President says he wants to..understand..)

    02/22/2011 11:00:06 AM PST · by bestintxas · 21 replies
    newsmax ^ | 2/22/11
    President Barack Obama says he wants to learn about the success and the failures of small business people to better understand what the federal government can do to help the private sector prosper. Obama is in Cleveland to promote his retooled economic pitch, which focuses on government initiatives that foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Obama was accompanied by various members of his Cabinet, who planned to lead breakout sessions with small business owners to discuss topics ranging from job training to clean energy and exports. He said he wanted the government to be a "good partner" to implement small business ideas....
  • Nothing Is Stable Anymore

    02/02/2011 6:30:06 PM PST · by blam · 63 replies
    Nothing Is Stable Anymore2-2-2011 The world is becoming a very unstable place, and the pace at which things are changing all around us has become absolutely mind-numbing. In fact, change has become one of the only constants in today's world. Once upon a time, people in the United States could actually make 20 or 30 year plans and feel confident about achieving them. But now, nothing is stable anymore. The financial crisis showed us that some of the biggest corporations on the globe can collapse in a single day. The events of the past few weeks have shown us that...
  • Unemployed Americans Are Still Way to Optimistic

    01/30/2011 6:41:28 PM PST · by FromLori · 59 replies
    CNBC ^ | 1/28/2011 | John Carney
    "Despite today's nearly double-digit unemployment rate, 4 in 10 unemployed Americans expect to get a job in the next four weeks and one in three underemployed have the same expectations with respect to obtaining a full-time job." That's the finding of a new Gallup poll released yesterday. I guess it's nice that so many Americans remain upbeat in the face of our economic challenges. But this goes beyond upbeat into pure delusion. As Mish points out, there are around 14.5 million unemployed people. In order to employ 40% of them, businesses would have to create 5.95 million jobs. In December...
  • Big labor's ObamaCare escape hatch

    01/29/2011 2:50:09 AM PST · by Scanian · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 28, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama's storytellers re cently launched a White House blog series called "Voices of Health Reform," where "readers can meet average Americans already benefiting from the health reform law." I propose a new series: "Voices of Health Reform Waivers," where taxpayers can meet all the politically connected unions benefiting from exclusive get-out-of-ObamaCare passes -- after squandering millions of their workers' dues to lobby for the law from which they are now exempt. At the end of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services had granted some 222 temporary waivers to businesses small and large, insurers, labor and other...
  • Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System (Guy who's destroying oil & coal jobs now "pro-business")

    01/18/2011 12:34:56 PM PST · by Qbert · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 1/18/2011 | Barack Hussein Obama
    For two centuries, America's free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force for prosperity the world has ever known. That vibrant entrepreneurialism is the key to our continued global leadership and the success of our people. But throughout our history, one of the reasons the free market has worked is that we have sought the proper balance. We have preserved freedom of commerce while applying those rules and regulations necessary to protect the public against threats to our health and safety and to safeguard people and businesses...
  • Obama Wants to Shed Rules That Hurt Job Growth

    01/18/2011 10:41:07 AM PST · by Mr. K · 46 replies
    Reuters ^ | Published: Tuesday, 18 Jan 2011 | 10:10 AM ET | Reuters
    President Barack Obama Tuesday ordered a government-wide review of regulations with the goal of eliminating those that hurt job creation and make the U.S. economy less competitive. Photo by : Pete Souza President Barack Obama -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Obama took action after unveiling his plan in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal in which he said some rules have placed "unreasonable burdens on business — burdens that have stifled innovation and have had a chilling effect on growth and jobs." The executive order marked Obama's latest move to repair relations with U.S. business, which were frayed amid bitter debate over...
  • ‘Leaving Cal.’ list grows to 144 firms

    11/25/2010 1:26:21 AM PST · by South40 · 56 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Jan Norman | 9/23/2010
    Irvine consultant Joe Vranich, who has been compiling a list of companies leaving California because of the state’s anti-business environment, is now up to 144 companies that have departed in 2010, including 34 in Orange County. In addition, he lists 51 companies (8 from Orange County) that left in 2009. That three-fold increase, Vranich says, is the tip of the iceberg that is California’s financial woes. “Quite clearly, the exodus of businesses out of California continues. It makes sense for companies to reduce their California footprint considering the ample supply of attractive, lower-cost alternative locations. Unless California reduces its hostility...
  • Members of US Congress Get Richer Despite Sour Economy

    11/17/2010 11:38:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/17/2010 | Albert Bozzo
    Despite a long and deep recession, the collective personal wealth of congressional members increased by more than 16 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to a study released Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics.The steady also indicates that a significant number of members owned shares of major players in the health-care and financial-services sectors, which were the subject of major reform legislation during the period. The findings—based on federal financial disclosure data released earlier this year—paint a wealthy bunch in Congress, with more than half of all members—261—were millionaires. About one in five of those had average calculated wealth...
  • How does Minnesota stack up in business taxation? Pretty well, it turns out

    08/26/2010 4:07:07 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    minnpost ^ | 8-24-10 | Sharon Schmickle
    If you could collect $100 for every claim a political candidate slings your way about Minnesota's business taxes, you probably could start a respectable small business. The political points are simple: Minnesota's business taxes are so onerous they drive companies and jobs to other states. Or, from another view, companies use loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of the costs of state and local services. Of course, the issue is not at all simple. More than any other, it offers proof that statistics can be manipulated to support almost any point.
  • Business group accuses Obama of neglecting jobs (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

    07/14/2010 9:43:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/14/10 | Caren Bohan
    One of the most influential U.S. business groups accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of neglecting job creation and sowing economic uncertainty with burdensome tax and regulatory policies. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged Obama and his Democratic allies in Congress to shift their approach to "unlock frozen capital and jolt our economy back to life."
  • Businesses step up criticism of Obama's agenda

    07/11/2010 12:01:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/11/10 | Caren Bohan and Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some business groups, upset about budget and regulatory policies they say are costing jobs, are accusing President Barack Obama of pursuing an agenda that is hurting the U.S. economic recovery. The criticism comes amid a tepid pace of private-sector job creation and the White House is responding by saying a lack of regulations triggered the economic crisis and that a balance is needed to protect Americans. The issue could give Republicans a potent weapon in the November elections in which they hope to overturn the dominance in the Congress of Obama's Democrats. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,...
  • Businesses Ask Geithner for More Leeway on Healthcare (Update1)

    05/04/2010 8:49:42 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies · 226+ views
    Business Week ^ | 5/4/10 | Anna Edney
    May 3 (Bloomberg Government) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 12 other business groups asked members of President Obama’s cabinet including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for more leeway in implementing the health-care overhaul. The groups said they’re being forced to make contract, employee-benefit and other decisions without guidance on how to comply with provisions that take effect in September. The letter dated April 30 was sent to Geithner, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.
  • At least 18 Santa Cruz businesses suffered damage during May Day riot

    05/03/2010 9:11:39 AM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies · 927+ views
    mercury news ^ | 5/3/10 | Shanna McCord
    SANTA CRUZ — Downtown business owners spent Sunday repairing shattered windows and doors after a May Day rally Saturday night turned into a riot with approximately 250 people marching along Pacific Avenue, some carrying makeshift torches, throwing large rocks and paint bombs, and spray-painting walls with graffiti. At least 18 businesses suffered damage during the rally in honor of international workers that began at 9 p.m. and escalated into mayhem around 10:30 p.m., police said. Investigators estimated damage at $100,000, though some business owners said it could be more. No injuries were reported.
  • Obama asks businesses to get behind climate bill(2000 America businesses sign on to Global Compact)

    04/17/2010 10:17:59 AM PDT · by day21221 · 20 replies · 462+ views
    apnews.myway.com/ ^ | Apr 16 2010 | apnews.myway.com/
    Obama asks businesses to get behind climate bill WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama wants business leaders to push Congress to pass long-stalled climate legislation. Obama made the plug during a meeting Friday with his Economic Recovery Advisory Board, which includes the heads of General Electric, Caterpillar and Oracle, along with labor leaders and economists. He told the group that the climate bill - which would cap global warming emissions - is good for business. Obama said that individual members of Congress may be worried about the short-term implications of voting for the bill and that hearing from businesses would...
  • Immigration agents raid AZ van shuttle businesses

    04/15/2010 5:02:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 755+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/15/10 | Bob Christie and Jacques Billaud - ap
    PHOENIX – Federal agents arrested nearly 50 shuttle operators and smugglers Thursday accused of using vans to transport thousands of illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix in what was billed as one of the government's largest-ever human smuggling busts. Investigators said the operators of four shuttle services in Tucson and a fifth in Phoenix created their businesses solely to help immigrant smugglers move their customers to Phoenix under a veil of legitimacy. The shuttle operators are accused of giving illegal immigrants fraudulent receipts to make the trips look legitimate and coaching them on what to say if the...
  • Walz(D-Mn) Visits Austin for Roundtable With Businesses Owners

    04/14/2010 3:30:20 AM PDT · by Son House · 4 replies · 307+ views
    Austin Daily Herald ^ | April 10, 2010 | By Rachel Drewelow
    Friday, Walz toured Austin, talking with local business owners about their concerns regarding health care reform, regulatory agencies, availability of credit, pork barrel spending, energy and the cap-and-trade strategy, which allows facilities to buy and sell pollution credits in order to meet a national limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Walz stopped by Jim’s SuperFresh Produce, 2101 Fourth St. NW, Donker’s Appliance, 1107 First Ave. SW and Medicap Pharmacy, 1109 W. Oakland Ave., to talk with business owners before making his way to Main Street’s Town Center for a roundtable discussion Friday morning. Much of discussion was focused Friday on health...
  • Business will seek to run state schools after shift in political attitudes

    04/02/2010 10:37:17 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 264+ views
    Schools Matter ^ | April 2, 2010 | Greg Hurst, Education Editor
    Businesses are looking to revolutionise state education by bidding to run hundreds of schools, as politicians open the door to new education providers. Companies want to create national chains of state schools, eclipsing the current groups of charitable academy sponsors, which tend to be small and geographically based. Although both the Government and the Conservatives say that organisations driven by profit should not run schools, both have created a path for them to enter the sector. Governing bodies of new, or existing, schools can appoint a contractor to operate the school on their behalf — a model used widely in...
  • Boeing Expects $150 Million Health-Care Charge

    03/31/2010 1:21:00 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies · 496+ views
    WSJ ^ | March 31, 2010 | Doug Cameron and Bob Tita
    The cost to companies of the landmark U.S. health-care overhaul continued to mount Wednesday as Boeing Co. said it would take a $150 million charge against first-quarter earnings because of tax changes in the legislation. The Chicago-based aerospace firm became the sixth company to reveal charges tied to retiree prescription costs since President Obama signed the health bill into law last week. The mounting costs have prompted some lawmakers to call on the companies to detail how they are calculating the costs, which the administration has characterized as "premature."
  • What Health Overhaul Means for Small Businesses

    03/24/2010 3:19:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies · 543+ views
    wsj ^ | 3/24/10 | KRISTEN MCNAMARA
    The health-care overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law will mean big changes for many small businesses. Through a combination of penalties, tax credits and purchasing pools, lawmakers aim to boost insurance coverage for U.S. workers. How this legislation will affect businesses depends in large part on their size. Beginning in 2014, organizations with more than 50 employees that don't offer affordable coverage will pay a penalty starting at $750 a year per full-time worker under the bill approved by the Senate and House of Representatives. A proposal approved separately by the House, which still requires Senate approval, would...
  • Obama pitches aid for struggling small businesses (raps Republicans for not climbing on his wagon)

    02/02/2010 12:15:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies · 780+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/2/10 | Darlene Superville - ap
    NASHUA, N.H. – President Barack Obama unleashed bare-knuckled criticism against opposition Republicans on Tuesday, using some of his toughest language yet to paint them as electoral opportunists willing to switch positions at will to score points with voters. The president's fellow Democrats have been pleading with him, as de facto leader of his party, to get tougher on Republicans leading into this fall's midterm congressional and gubernatorial elections. Those calls increased with the Democrats' stunning loss two weeks ago of a Senate seat in Massachusetts, seen as an indictment of Democratic leadership in Washington and a potential bellwether for the...
  • Obama unveils $33 billion tax credit to boost jobs

    01/29/2010 4:05:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 608+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/29/10 | Steve Holland
    BALTIMORE (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday proposed $33 billion in tax credits to coax small businesses into hiring workers as he underscored his commitment to pushing job creation to the top of his agenda. With public frustration over double-digit unemployment eroding his popularity, Obama has begun rolling out initiatives aimed at backing up his jobs pledge made in his economy-focused State of the Union Address earlier this week. The latest proposal calls for a $5,000 tax credit for every net new worker hired in 2010. The amount would be capped at $500,000 per firm to make sure that...
  • Ore. votes on higher taxes for rich, businesses (Measures 66 and 67 Passing - Buh-Bye Jobs!)

    01/26/2010 8:14:47 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 81 replies · 1,947+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/10 | Tim Fought - AP
    PORTLAND, Ore. – A surge of last-minute ballots was expected Tuesday as Oregon voters decided whether to impose higher taxes on businesses and the wealthy. Polling in the special election suggested the results on Measures 66 and 67 will be close. The stakes in the struggle between business interests and public employee unions are high — the revenue from the two measures is expected to account for about 5.5 percent of the state's general fund budget over the next two years. Opponents of the taxes say draining the money from private hands would damage the state's economy, still hurting from...
  • Lancaster requires businesses to do immigration checks on new hires

    12/29/2009 2:01:27 PM PST · by thecodont · 7 replies · 466+ views
    Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | December 29, 2009 | 6:52 am | Ann M. Simmons
    Businesses operating in the city of Lancaster will be required to ensure that all their new hires are eligible to work in the United States by using an Internet-based federal program to check the immigration and employment eligibility of potential workers. The free online program, called E-Verify, allows participating employers to use federal databases to compare information provided by job seekers with millions of records kept by the Social Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. “We are working to ensure that all available jobs in our city go to hard-working, law-abiding citizens,” Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris said...
  • Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start "Holy War"

    12/28/2009 12:01:01 AM PST · by Cindy · 74 replies · 2,369+ views
    MyEyeWitnessNews.com - Local News ^ | Last Update: 12/25 9:52 pm | n/a
    Note: The following news brief is a quote: Last Update: 12/25 9:52 pm Memphis Man Arrested: Accused of Making Bomb Threats & Threatening to Start "Holy War" MEMPHIS, TN – Tonight, Mohamed Ibrahim is out after posting $100 bond. Earlier in the day, he was arrested after police say he walked into several Memphis businesses and threatened to blow them up. Court records show Ibrahim was also telling people he was Muslim, and wanted to start a jihad, or holy war, in Memphis. Police say when they arrested him, he had a butcher knife hidden in one of his jacket...
  • CA: Now he’s worried? / Interest in helping small businesses overdue (T'anks, Gubinor)

    12/23/2009 2:28:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 443+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 12/23/09 | Editorial
    As this page has long noted, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s goal of being revered as a global green giant has a potentially huge downside for California’s economy. The governor considers AB 32 – the landmark 2006 anti-global warming state law that forces increased use of cleaner but costlier forms of energy – his greatest achievement. But ever since the bill’s adoption, Schwarzenegger has found it increasingly difficult to reconcile his claims to support economic growth with his environmental policies, which add unique costs to California businesses not borne by their rivals in other states and nations. His cheerleading for ever-more-onerous regulations...