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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 David Brodwin
Posted on: December 19, 2016
Elected on a promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), President-elect Donald Trump is now well-positioned to put a spike in its heart. With Republicans controlling both Houses of Congress, a bill to repeal the health care law could be passed and signed next month. But now there's a problem: It turns out most Americans actually like most parts of the law, raising political risks for those who repeal it without providing a suitable alternative.The Kaiser Family Foundation released a major new poll yesterday, probing American's views of the controversial... read more
By David Brodwin
Posted on: December 5, 2016
If you parked a car in Chicago anytime since 2008, you learned an expensive lesson about infrastructure. The city, strapped for funds, cut a 75-year deal to lease its parking meters to a newly created private company. The city was able to cover its immediate budget deficit, but within a year, residents were furious: Parking meter rates quadrupled, and the meters had to be fed four more hours every day. Worse, the $1.2 billion one-time payment made to the city of Chicago was nearly all spent within three years.The point of this story is that there are many ways to attract capital, and not all... 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
David Brodwin, ASBC High Road Workplace
By David Brodwin
Posted on: November 17, 2016
“When they go low, we go high” said First Lady Michelle Obama at the DNC last summer. She was referring to political rivals and campaign tactics, but the same can be said of competing businesses these days.The High Road Workplace is emerging as a powerful strategy for corporations seeking to build lasting competitive advantage. It is a set of principles, developed by the American Sustainable Business Council, for reinventing the social contract that connects workers and employers in a web of mutually beneficial practices. The core idea is that when companies treat employees well, pay them... 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
ASBC David Brodwin
By David Brodwin
Posted on: November 2, 2016
The Wells Fargo Bank scandal has been driven from the headlines by the presidential election next week, but like the Terminator, it will be back. Wells Fargo's conduct in fraudulently opening two million retail bank accounts was so foul that both political parties felt compelled to join in castigating the company and its CEO John Stumpf. Stumpf soon resigned; even his offer to disgorge $41 million in pay was not enough to save his job.While all eyes are on the election, Democrats and Republicans skirmish over the lessons that the public will draw from Wells Fargo. They're fighting over... 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