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Gov. Suspends Gas Tax Hike

May 31, 2008

 
Georgia
Gov. Suspends Gas Tax Hike

Gov. Sonny Perdue's (R) recent decision to freeze a gas tax hike that was supposed to take effect July 1 will save Georgia motorists $70 million to $80 million over the next year. The Department of Revenue recalculates the state gasoline tax every six months based on the price per gallon, so as fuel costs rise, so does the tax. Perdue's suspension of this rise was met with bipartisan support.
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Small Business Owners’ Confidence Shaken, Survey Says

Apr 30, 2008

 
Small business owners are concerned about the economy more than ever, but they are still glad to be their own bosses, according to a quarterly survey released this week.

Small business optimism is at an all time low, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, dropping 35 points from the previous survey in January to 48 points. This is a 66-point drop from the Index's highest score of 114 in December 2006 and the lowest in the five year history of the survey.

Businesses Weigh in on Tax

May 31, 2008

 
Alabama
Governor Leads Trade Mission to Latin America

Gov. Bob Riley (R) plans to lead a 45-member delegation of educators and business representatives to Chile, Columbia, Brazil and Argentina on a South American trade mission beginning May 29. Riley and Alabama companies hope to open new markets to further increase Alabama's already ballooning trade with Latin American that has followed free trade measures such as the 2004 U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement.
Source: Montgomery Advertiser

Prevent Worker Drug Use

May 31, 2008

 
A free, new toolkit by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), contains information on setting up a drug-free workplace program. According to HHS, some 12.3 million American workers use illicit drugs. Drug use can slow worker productivity, increase the number of workplace accidents and the cost of insurance, and hurt employee morale.

Fitting Into the Global Economy

May 31, 2008

Dr. Martin Regalia

With the dollar's decline and the increasing role that export growth has played thus far in offsetting much of the decline in housing markets, now may be a good time to take another look at the position of the United States in the global economy and the implications of  that position for America's citizens, businesses, and policymakers.

Experts at Chamber Event Call for Simpler Financial Regulations

Apr 30, 2008
from Forum for Innovation

 
There must be improvements to the capital markets regulatory structure to protect businesses from another financial crisis such as the subprime mortgage collapse, according to panel of experts from the financial, policy, and academic sectors speaking at a May 28 event hosted by the U.S. Chamber.

A Restricted Sign Of the Times

May 31, 2008

 
Business owners in Naperville, Illinois, are protesting proposed new sign regulations. Owners are miffed about proposals that include a ban on hand-held signs and people in costumes serving as signage. But the most contentious proposal would bar nondelivery vehicles bearing signs from parking near the business for more than half of its operating hours.

Source: The Naperville Sun, May 13, 2008

Chamber Ranks Legal Climates

May 31, 2008

 
The U.S. Chamber's Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is turning up the heat on lawsuit abuse at the state level with the release of its annual Harris Interactive survey rankings of the country's best and worst legal environments in which to do business.

"The survey results send a clear message to states whose legal climate drives away businesses, jobs, and economic development: If you want a healthy state economy, clean up your act," says ILR President  Lisa Rickard. 

Readers Wrangle Over Climate Change

May 31, 2008

 
Recent commentary from U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue on climate change generated a vibrant discussion on www.uschambermagazine.com.

"People who believe that global warming is man-made are absolutely ridiculous! Granted we should all be good stewards of what God has given us and 'go green,' but the idea of 'the point of no return' as far as global warming is concerned is ridiculous."
-Tom Munds, Caldwell, OH

Small Businesses Stir Up Washington, D.C. - Photo Gallery

May 31, 2008

 
Small business owners and local chamber leaders met with their elected representatives, networked, learned tips for running their businesses, and gained political insight during America's Small Business Summit 2008, April 16-18, in Washington, D.C.


Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Thomas "Mack" McLarty (left), former Bush Chief of Staff Andy Card (right), and former House member and current TV talk show host John Kasich talk politics and the 2008 presidential campaign.

More Than Networking

May 31, 2008

Local Chambers Provide Business Solutions 

While Congress continues to grapple over education and health care, local chambers of commerce and their members are leading a quiet revolution that is changing the way small companies buy health insurance and prepare the future workforce.

Gearing Up for Tax Gap Fight

May 31, 2008

 
The U.S. Chamber is at the forefront of a fight against a payment card reporting proposal that would increase debit and credit card processing costs for small businesses and expose them to needless audits.

Congress is considering this proposal as one of several measures to close the tax gap—the difference between what is actually owed in taxes and what the IRS has collected. The IRS puts the tax gap at $290 billion, with at least $100 billion coming from underreporting by the self-employed.

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