Small business optimism soars to near 8-year high

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

NFIB’s November Small Business Optimism Index, which surveyed over 350,000 small businesses across the country, found that optimism among small business owners has grown to its highest level since 2007. This increase far exceeded expectations set by October’s survey.

According to NFIB, “the November elections clearly had no impact on hiring and spending plans though expectations for better business conditions in six months improved, likely a response to Black Friday or Small Business Saturday results.”

Read more about the survey here.


Obama regulatory agenda quietly belts economy on holiday weekend

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Las Vegas Review Journal published an editorial this week about the lack of transparency in the Obama Administration, highlighting the delayed release of the fall 2014 Unified Agenda as evidence of this problem. The Unified Agenda, which is legally required to be released twice a year, is the roadmap of the highest-priority rules for the federal agencies in the coming year. The Administration quietly released this important, and often controversial, document the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Sadly, this is not the first time the Administration has released the regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday. In fact, it’s become the norm. The spring 2014 regulatory agenda was released right before Memorial Day and in Fall 2013, the report was released the Friday before Christmas.

According to the editorial board, “Federal overreach like this proves, once again, that our government is too big, too powerful and too expensive. It’s no wonder they don’t want us knowing what they’re up to.”

Read the entire editorial here.


Upcoming Regulatory Agenda Worries Elected Officials

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at NFIB, was quoted in an article in The Hill about the upcoming regulations to watch in the New Year. Bosch gave his expertise and analyzed the political climate surrounding the more controversial regulations that will be considered in the upcoming year.

In the piece, Bosch highlights the political strategies with these rules, noting “The challenge for Republicans is President Obama would have to sign a resolution disapproving of the rule his own agency put out,” which is unlikely. 

Read the entire article here.


White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, 24 November 2014

Late last Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving, the White House quietly released the annual fall Unified Federal Agenda -the document that sets a road map for the thousands of upcoming and pending regulations federal agencies plan to release. This is the fifth time the Obama Administration has released its regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday.

The fall 2014 Unified Agenda includes 2,415 regulations -an increase over last agenda, including nearly 190 major rules that cost the economy more than $100 million. Sadly, this increase in regulations comes as no surprise for small business owners across the country.

Read more about the agenda here.


House passes bill to reform EPA science panel

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

On Tuesday. the House passed H.R. 1422, which would change the process of selecting the members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. The legislation is meant to ensure greater transparency in the rule-making process.

The bill would require, among other provisions, to have local and state member make up at least ten percent of the board, meant to create greater trust between state and federal officials.

According to to Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah), “It’s through this bill we can not only improve that process, but also restore trust between the American people and the federal government.”

Read more about the legislation here.  


Small business optimism soars to near 8-year high

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

NFIB’s November Small Business Optimism Index, which surveyed over 350,000 small businesses across the country, found that optimism among small business owners has grown to its highest level since 2007. This increase far exceeded expectations set by October’s survey.

According to NFIB, “the November elections clearly had no impact on hiring and spending plans though expectations for better business conditions in six months improved, likely a response to Black Friday or Small Business Saturday results.”

Read more about the survey here.


Obama regulatory agenda quietly belts economy on holiday weekend

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Las Vegas Review Journal published an editorial this week about the lack of transparency in the Obama Administration, highlighting the delayed release of the fall 2014 Unified Agenda as evidence of this problem. The Unified Agenda, which is legally required to be released twice a year, is the roadmap of the highest-priority rules for the federal agencies in the coming year. The Administration quietly released this important, and often controversial, document the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Sadly, this is not the first time the Administration has released the regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday. In fact, it’s become the norm. The spring 2014 regulatory agenda was released right before Memorial Day and in Fall 2013, the report was released the Friday before Christmas.

According to the editorial board, “Federal overreach like this proves, once again, that our government is too big, too powerful and too expensive. It’s no wonder they don’t want us knowing what they’re up to.”

Read the entire editorial here.


Upcoming Regulatory Agenda Worries Elected Officials

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at NFIB, was quoted in an article in The Hill about the upcoming regulations to watch in the New Year. Bosch gave his expertise and analyzed the political climate surrounding the more controversial regulations that will be considered in the upcoming year.

In the piece, Bosch highlights the political strategies with these rules, noting “The challenge for Republicans is President Obama would have to sign a resolution disapproving of the rule his own agency put out,” which is unlikely. 

Read the entire article here.


White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, 24 November 2014

Late last Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving, the White House quietly released the annual fall Unified Federal Agenda -the document that sets a road map for the thousands of upcoming and pending regulations federal agencies plan to release. This is the fifth time the Obama Administration has released its regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday.

The fall 2014 Unified Agenda includes 2,415 regulations -an increase over last agenda, including nearly 190 major rules that cost the economy more than $100 million. Sadly, this increase in regulations comes as no surprise for small business owners across the country.

Read more about the agenda here.


House passes bill to reform EPA science panel

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

On Tuesday. the House passed H.R. 1422, which would change the process of selecting the members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. The legislation is meant to ensure greater transparency in the rule-making process.

The bill would require, among other provisions, to have local and state member make up at least ten percent of the board, meant to create greater trust between state and federal officials.

According to to Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah), “It’s through this bill we can not only improve that process, but also restore trust between the American people and the federal government.”

Read more about the legislation here.  


Former Senator Blanche on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Former Senator Blanche Lincoln appeared on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co. to discuss regulations and the economy.

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