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By John O'Neill
Posted on: January 4, 2017
The 2016 election gave Republicans control of the House, Senate, and White House. The last time Republicans held all three branches was during the Bush Administration from 2003 to 2005.Trump Administration policies – based on election rhetoric – are likely to be both right of center and controversial. That raises the question of how ASBC will address center-right, single-party rule?The answer: Express our strong opposition to policies that violate our core values. At the same time, we’ll look to collaborate with both President Trump and Congress when we share common interests. In both... read more
By Eidlin and O’Donnell
Posted on: December 19, 2016
Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA), Linda McMahon, can actively facilitate job growth and a more robust economy just by leveling the playing field for small businesses.Small companies face big barriers such as federal policies favoring large companies, bank policies restricting access to affordable capital and banking industry consolidation that limits options. Yet small business development can broadly increase incomes and build wealth.McMahon will take over when many businesses are experiencing a shift in how they operate. More companies are adopting “... read more
By Phil Powell
Posted on: November 28, 2016
The 2016 campaign is over and Donald Trump is President-elect. Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the repercussions of Trump’s unexpected victory—the protests, the rage, and the scramble to assemble a new cabinet, staff, and national security team. While sustainability cannot count on the new Administration, it did succeed in a number of ballot measures adopted in some states.Voters in Florida and Nevada, for example, voted to adopt policies that will lead to more resilient, reliable energy production and distribution.In Florida, voters rejected a state constitutional amendment... read more
By Chip Comins
Posted on: November 16, 2016
Marrakesh, Morocco: The 22nd UNFCCC Council Of the Parties (COP) has brought together 196 nations to negotiate details of implementing the Paris Agreement. In the wake of the November 8th U.S. election the policies and commitments of the Obama administration are now in question. That has generated a sense of fear, optimism as well as inevitability among the participants here. UN negotiators fear the new Trump administration will unwisely undo the hard work of years of very tough compromise and trade-offs between the industrialized north and the global south on carbon reductions in a newly... read more
Initiative 732
By Mike Massa
Posted on: November 7, 2016
On Nov. 8, Washington State voters will be the first in the U.S. to consider a similar proposal. Initiative 732 would levy a steadily rising tax on the carbon emissions from fossil fuels consumed in the state, plus imported fossil electricity. The rate would start at $15 per metric ton of CO2 in 2017, increase to $25/ton in 2018, and rise slowly thereafter to a maximum of $100 per ton (in 2016 dollars) by about 2060. All of the revenue would be returned to households and businesses by reducing the state sales tax rate by one percentage point; effectively eliminating a tax on the gross... read more
By Rose Marcario
Posted on: October 20, 2016
With the election only three weeks away, it’s important to remember what David Brower said back in 1986 - “there is no business on a dead planet.” Business doesn’t live in a vacuum, but in an interconnected world. Any business that has not come to terms with the fact of our interconnectedness to the natural world and our own health and wellbeing is asleep at the wheel. We need to elect leaders who will protect our planet’s air, water and soil and defend the health and well-being of our families and communities.Consider the plight of our dying planet. Over 100 million Americans live where the... read more
By Frank Knapp
Posted on: October 17, 2016
A new report from the Center for American Progress has a dire warning for our nation’s future.Small business ownership rates have been trending down since the early 2000s.  “Looking at all households who are earning income, business ownership steadily declined from 14.6 percent in the period from 1998 to 2000 to 13.5 percent in the mid-2000s to 12.8 percent by 2010 to 2012,” says the report.Also according to the report, “African Americans are 5 percent less likely to have a business in their household compared with white households—even at the same levels of income, wealth, and education—and... read more
By John O'Neill
Posted on: October 4, 2016
When House Republicans released their “Built for Growth” policy paper on June 20, they provided an opening for serious tax reform. In particular, their paper included a proposal for a destination-based corporate tax. This includes a destination tax based on sales, whose implementation could end our self-inflicted penalty on U.S. exports.The tax-reform opening lies not just in the House proposal, but also with how it matches up to the international tax framework which the Senate Finance Committee released on July 25, 2015. That framework favors a territorial tax system, but one with rules to... read more
By Manisha Paralikar
Posted on: September 21, 2016
As I plugged away at reviewing a dozen company greenhouse gas emissions CDP reports these past few months, Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate saddled my brain.  One could bet that most of the thousands of company and city representatives reporting their climate abatement strategies and greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets had not read Klein’s book. Even if they did, it would still be no small feat to kick start the collaborative movement needed to implement Klein’s proposed solution to climate change: replace capitalism with a new economic model that... read more
By Claudia Viek
Posted on: August 29, 2016
Online alternative lenders offer a variety of advantages from their use of automation, big data and crowdfunding to reach small businesses. They offer quick loan decisions with a stripped-down application process. These firms assess risk immediately with efficient use of algorithms and technology. Money can be distributed in days, not months.But for too many small businesses, getting financing from one of these lenders is like the Wild West.Advertisements for quick cash — once the domain of those lending to individual consumers — are more and more promising the same to small businesses.... read more