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Business Regulation

Doing Business: Not Just About the Numbers

Anabel González | Posted 11.01.2016 | Business
Anabel González

Doing Business, the annual report that ranks countries and cities on their business regulations, is not just about numbers. It is the culmination of a...

New Networks to Fight Modern Slavery

Duncan Jepson | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
Duncan Jepson

The exploitation of people - whether their efforts are provided by debt bondage, under threat of violence, psychologically, by imprisonment or deceivi...

Who's the Boss? Why Republicans Are Missing the Point on Joint Employer

Catherine Ruckelshaus | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Catherine Ruckelshaus

What's striking about the stretch of Congressional activity is its almost complete lack of connection to the reality of labor and employment laws in our country and how they apply (or don't apply) to businesses.

Don't Buy the Argument that Regulation Hurts Employment

Michael Lipsky | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics
Michael Lipsky

Congressional leaders have indicated that they will be holding hearings on EPA regulations that would affect the operation of coal-fired power plants, and on aspects of the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank financial reforms.

Fear Is Why Workers in Red States Vote Against Their Economic Self-Interest

Robert Reich | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

The usual explanation is that, for these voters, economic issues are trumped by social and cultural issues like guns, abortion, and race. I'm not so sure.

Regulations Don't Kill Jobs, They Save Lives

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's one of the oldest right-wing claims: "Excessive" regulation will harm job creators and kill the economy. But is it based on sound economics?

7 Ways the Government Will Affect Your Business Next Year

Gene Marks | Posted 07.24.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

IRS shenanigans aside, there are plenty of things being done right now in D.C. that will likely affect your business and mine over the next few years.

Park City Restaurant Employs Bouncer To Keep Out Non-Locals

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.16.2013 | Small Business

For the fifth year in a row, Uptown Fare, a small soup-and-sandwich eatery in the heart of Park City, Utah, will turn out-of-towners away at the door ...

What President Obama Must Do In His Second Term To Protect Main Street From Wall Street

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Dennis M. Kelleher

The goal of a safer, sounder financial system, one that is less prone to crisis and failure and eliminates or dramatically reduces the need for taxpayer bailouts, is achievable. This is what the American people voted for last November. This is the president's clear mandate.

How Corruption Is Strangling US Innovation

James Allworth | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
James Allworth

Netflix. Uber. Airbnb. Tesla. Fisker. Most economies would kill to have a set of innovators such as these. And yet at every turn, these companies are running headlong into regulation (or lack thereof) that seems designed to benefit incumbents.

Obama 2.0 and Regulation: Looking Forward, Mindful of the Past

Rena Steinzor | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Rena Steinzor

President Obama’s reelection holds the possibility of great progress for public health, safety, and the environment — if, and only if, he recognizes the importance of these issues and stops trying to placate his most implacable opponents.

The Republican Crusade Against Regulation: A "Holy War" Against Workers and Consumers?

David Coates | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
David Coates

In the standard trilogy of core commitments currently being made by Republican presidential candidates, the cutting of taxes and the pruning of government is invariably accompanied by the promise to deregulate business -- and indeed to re-regulate labor.

Republican Congressman Can't Prove Regulations He's Against

La Mesa Patch | Ken Stonr | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter on Monday called for deregulation, saying it’s “impossible” to keep up with rules on the city, state and federal levels....

Obama Approved Fewer Regulations Than Bush

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama has signed fewer regulations than President George W. Bush had at this point in his presidency, but it's putting a bigger dent ...

Rick Perry's Fossilized Jobs Program

Steven Cohen | Posted 12.24.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

Perry's jobs program is predictable, but disappointing. After we drill up the oil and pollute the unregulated air, what will our children do to power their economy? Who will pay the extra costs for health care of the people harmed by the poisoned air?

Regulations, Taxes Aren't Killing Small Business, Owners Say

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | Posted 11.03.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Politicians and business groups often blame excessive regulation and fear of higher taxes for tepid hiring in the economy. However, lit...

Rhymes for Our Times

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Ten quick ones from the boys at Limerick & Verse... A chicken with stars in her eyes Cut miscreant farms down to size. "A journalist hen?!" They...

Reviving Pecora's Ghost

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

With Summers, Geithner, and Bernanke working closely with major investment bankers to restart the system of securitization, there will be a titanic struggle over what kind of regulatory system to have going forward.