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Making the R&D Tax Credit Permanent
Moutray Chad
3/24/2011
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When making long-term investments, either on physical capital or for research and development, businesses need certainty from Washington. When President Obama signed the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010” (H.R. 4853) on December 17, 2010, among its many provisions, he reauthorized the Research & Experimentation Tax Credit, which is more commonly known as the R&D tax credit.

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Cyber Security and Threats to Business
Moutray Chad
3/29/2011
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Earlier this year, Senate Democrats introduced the “Cyber Security and American Cyber Competitiveness Act of 2011”.  This bill, which was introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) with a number of cosponsors, is needed, according to its authors, because of emerging threats to businesses and national security.

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Reducing Regulatory Burdens
Moutray Chad
4/1/2011
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One of the hot topics in Washington – at least among business interest groups – is the issue of regulation, or as many of them would suggest regulatory overreach.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for instance, has made this one of their top concerns this year...

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Correcting the 1099 Mistake
Moutray Chad
4/5/2011
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The Senate is expected to vote on April 5 on a 1099 fix resulting from passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-148). Specifically, Section 9006 would require all small businesses that purchase more than $600 in goods or services from a supplier to issue a form 1099 for tax purposes to that supplier.

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A Path to Prosperity
Moutray Chad
4/6/2011
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A couple years ago, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) kick-started the conversation on deficit reduction with the release of “A Roadmap for America’s Future.” Since then, a number of organizations from varying ideologies have put forward their proposals to fix the nation’s fiscal crisis. The most notable of these were the recommendations made by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which was led by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, in “The Moment of Truth.” While many of the recommendations differ, all sides tend to give Congressman Ryan credit for advancing his outline and stimulating the dialogue.

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Franchising Challenges & Potential Growth
Moutray Chad
4/8/2011
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When you speak with small business owners, many of them will tell you that access to credit remains a challenge.  A recent survey from the International Franchise Association (IFA) found that 39 percent of franchisors reported that at least half of their franchisees had been unable to obtain necessary funding, either to open a new franchise or to expand a new one.

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Huckabee and Trump Aren’t Running. So What Does that Mean for the Presidential Race?
Cushman Cameron
5/20/2011
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In the last few days, two big names have announced they aren’t going to run for President.  So what bearing does that have on the race for the White House in 2012?  Here are five ways these non-announcements will have an impact on the race.

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