Past Campaigns

BLM

The Obama Administration recently proposed a new rule for hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) including those in the national forest system as well as federal lands nearby many treasured national parks. The comment period for this rule closed in late August.

 (September, 2013)

ASBC partnered with BICEP/Ceres to organize a Climate Lobby Day on June 20th in Washington, D.C. The goal was to encourage Congress to take immediate action on climate change. During the day, our team of small and large businesses met with nine House and Senate offices including senior staffers. We advocated for passing five key initiatives: Shaheen Portman Energy Efficiency Bill; Master Limited Partnerships for renewables; SAVE Act; a National Renewable Energy Efficiency Standard and Clean Energy Victory Bonds.

 (August, 2013)
RPS

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a minimum wage increase into law on March 29, 2013. Under the law, New York’s minimum wage will increase to $8.00 an hour beginning December 31, 2013. It will then rise to $8.75 an hour on December 31, 2014, and finally $9.00 an hour on December 31, 2015. Workers who earn tips will not see an increase in their minimum wage, which will remain at $7.25 an hour. However, the bill authorizes a wage board to consider increasing the minimum wage for them as well.

 (March, 2013)

On June 13, the Delaware House of Representatives unanimously passed a benefit corporation law, which had already passed unanimously in the state Senate.  With Gov. Jack Markell expected to sign it into law, Delaware would become the 18th state, plus Washington, DC, to pass benefit corporation legislation.

 (June, 2013)
ASBC advocated for the passage of California Proposition 37, which called for food labels to disclose the presence of GMO content (genetically modified organisms).  The proposition led through most of the campaign, but a massive negative advertising effort by agricultural chemicals manufacturers caused it to fall short, with 47.7% voting in favor. (November 2012)
In the last hours of the Massachusetts legislative session in July 2012, the state legislature passed benefit corporation language as part of the State's overall economic development package, H4352. Governor Patrick signed the legislation into law on August 7, and it will become effective on January 1, 2013. (July 2012)

On July 1, 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that 86 percent of its voting membership voted to approve the fourth version of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, or LEED v4. USGBC originally intended to ballot the newest version of LEED in the summer of 2012, but ultimately decided to slow the development process for the fourth iteration amid controversy over a number of new provisions.

 (August, 2013)
In June 2012, Louisiana became the eighth state to enact benefit corporation legislation into law.  The measure passed the senate unanimously, making Louisiana the first state in the South to put such a law on the books. Read more about the bill's passage. (June 2012)
In Spring 2012 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a historic effort to rein in carbon pollution from new power plants. In total, a recordbreaking 2.1 million comments were submitted to the EPA in support of the rule—the largest number garnered for any federal regulation. ASBC worked to make sure that hundreds of business voices were heard during the 60-day public comment period. Business leaders told the EPA that this rule would spur innovation in clean energy technology, create jobs, and produce cleaner air. (June 2012)

Buried in the fiscal cliff deal resolved on New Year’s Day was a one-year extension of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC).  While this outcome is a victory for clean energy sectors like wind and biomass, the extension falls short of a long-term solution ASBC and allies like the American Wind Energy Association were pushing for.

 (January, 2013)
In June 2012, South Carolina became the ninth state to enact benefit corporation legislation into law. The measure passed with broad bipartisan support and along with Louisiana, they are the first states in the South to put such a law on the books. Read more about the bill's passage. (June 2012)
The Illinois state legislature easily passed benefit corporation legislation on May 10, 2012, making it the first state in the Midwest to do so. The bill was signed by the Governor on August 2, 2012 and the law will go into effect on January 1, 2013. (June 2012)

As part of the “fiscal cliff” negotiations late last year, most of the Bush-era top-bracket tax cuts were extended. The tax cuts did expire for individuals making more than $400,000, and families with earnings of $450,000 or more. All in all, the fiscal cliff deal is projected to bring in $617 billion in revenue over the next decade. Most of that amount will come from households making $1 million or more.

 (August, 2013)
ASBC was formed through this first initiative, in which seven business networks developed a joint statement of principles for a vibrant, just, and sustainable economy.  This statement was signed by more than 1300 business owners and others and presented to the White House. (March 2009)
 

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