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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
By John O'Neill
Posted on: August 19, 2016
As the election season heats up, we need to remember how much tax policy can help fix some of the country’s largest problems. Done right, tax law changes can help create a more sustainable economy -- an economy that delivers broad prosperity now and in the near term, without hurting growth down the road.Worker OwnershipWorker ownership can help us to tackle two of our largest looming crises. First, there’s the retirement-savings crisis. As many as nine in ten households save too little for retirement, and millions have saved nothing at all. Second, there’s a business-succession crisis. Over... read more
By John O'Neill
Posted on: August 3, 2016
Rebuilding the post-recession economy will require more than just finding people jobs or ensuring they earn a living wage. We must support business models that will enable workers to own a piece of the company that employs them. For many people, worker ownership will be essential to restoring the American Dream.Worker ownership benefits the company, the worker, and the community. The company benefits from greater worker commitment. The worker benefits from better compensation and greater job security, skills growth, and advancement opportunities. The community benefits from a source of more... read more
By Zach Bernstein
Posted on: July 28, 2016
Let’s say you want to pass a policy on some aspect of the environment, the workplace, tax reform or another important issue. You’ve laid out the legislative blueprint; you know how it would work, how much it would cost, maybe how much it would save. You have all the arguments you need to help it pass. Or so you think.But what if policymakers are skeptical? What if they say your policy is too expensive, or it could cost jobs, or it could hurt business?  The most compelling way to answer those concerns is simple: Bring in business leaders who know the policy is workable because they’re already... read more

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