Friday the 13th has additional significance this year. In addition to being an annual day of caution for superstitious people, it is a deadline date and day of opportunity for the recently appointed joint Senate and House Budget Conference Committee to report its recommendations for the fiscal 2014 budget. Hopefully this committee will not be a super failure like the joint "Super Committee" that was formed after the debt ceiling deal in August of 2011.
On average, more than 40 percent of what consumers pay at retail for beer goes to taxes of some kind.
At the heart of the technology industry are entrepreneurs who dream up new innovations and create great new companies that redefine how we work, live and play. Congress enacted the patent system to encourage groundbreaking ideas by rewarding such innovators for their creativity and investment of time and money. But America’s innovative capacity is at risk because our patent system is being gamed and abused.
Knowing that it’s carve out is slated to be cut, the wind energy industry is lobbying feverishly for an extension, repeating the same tired arguments and unrealized promises about long-term job creation and energy affordability.
While most merchants decide on their own what to charge consumers, prices are dictated to small business independent community pharmacies and beneficiaries in the Medicare Part D drug benefit by take-it-or-leave-it contracts that pharmacies must sign with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), multi-billion dollar middlemen between the pharmacist and the health plan.
On November 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rulemaking on ethanol that is having shattering repercussions throughout the energy world.
The good news is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and its newly minted Chariman Tom Wheeler are in the midst of once-in-a-generation process to redo the public airwaves and help solve problems like a dropped call in an elevator.
It is past time to debunk the persistent myth that medical imaging is driving skyrocketing Medicare expenditures.
Those with the fortitude to peruse this hefty volume will notice that among the industrialized nations in the PwC report, the United States has the highest corporate tax rate on earth.
The Senate’s dramatic curtailing of filibuster use for executive and judicial nominees is a substantial break with the past. But most commentators have failed to note that the filibuster in its current form is itself a relatively recent development. The ‘modern’ filibuster, too, has design flaws that have contributed to unprecedented levels of obstruction in recent years. Because last week’s change in the filibuster rules applies only to nominees, these flaws will continue to threaten the Senate’s ability to pass legislation and govern.