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Health reform likely headed to high court

After a three-judge federal panel heard arguments by the National Federation of Independent Business and 26 states that President Barack Obama’s health reform law violates the Constitution, one major newspaper columnist wrote he’d almost “bet the house” the lawsuit will wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. We at NFIB are encouraged, too, because our […]

Manufacturing success: SBA offers help in promoting exporting

For a decade, manufacturing in America weakened and 6 million small business manufacturing jobs were lost, decreasing by 33 percent from 1997 to 2009, according to a recent story in the Wall Street Journal. This last year, however, marks a change. American manufacturers are ramping up and adding needed jobs to the economy. U.S. manufacturers […]

Want to take politics out of deficit reduction? Then eschew tax hikes

There’s a lot of talk in our nation’s capital these days about putting aside politics and coming together to reduce the federal deficit. To this economist, that sounds good. Unfortunately, some of the people saying its time to drop the politics are either disingenuous or simply don’t understand the economics at work. As a quick […]

SBA celebrates big role of small businesses

For more than four decades, the U.S. Small Business Administration has acknowledged the extraordinary contributions small businesses make to the economy of our nation by designating a special week in their honor. Proclaimed by President Barack Obama, May 16 to 20 is National Small Business Week in Washington, D.C., where entrepreneurs from across the nation […]

Proposed order more about intimidation than disclosure

President Barack Obama is working on an executive order that would require any company bidding on federal government work to list all political contributions by the firm, officers and directors, along with donations made to private groups engaged in speech related to, for example, politics and policy. This mandate would cover contributions and donations made […]

The states of taxation: Latest index reveals the best and the worst

During the recession and subsequent recovery, the general move on taxes in the states has been in a distinctly negative direction. That is, faced with budget deficits, states have reacted by raising taxes. This past July, for example, the National Conference of State Legislatures reported: “The impact of the severe economic recession that began in […]

Redistricting should keep the Western Slope whole

The General Assembly’s redistricting committee recently released proposed maps outlining Colorado’s new congressional boundaries. The maps offered by the Democrats and Republican members of the committee are as different as night and day. The Republican maps start from the fact Colorado has the same number of congressional districts in 2011 as we did in 2001. […]

Analysis offers grim budget forecast

Long-range budget projections are always packed with uncertainty. Changes in the underlying economic assumptions, eventual economic realities and shifts in policy making give such estimates limited value. Some value can be found, however, in terms of determining the general direction current budget policies are pointed and where they could take federal spending, revenues, deficits and […]

Women entrepreneurs overcome barriers to achieve success

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” The words of Eleanor Roosevelt undoubtedly sound familiar to the instincts of many Americans who’ve persevered against the economic challenges of the last three years, but perhaps none more so than women entrepreneurs. Roosevelt also wrote, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience […]

Don’t block needed research to assess oil shale potential

I recently joined two other state senators in sending a letter to Mark Udall and Michael Bennet. We urged the U.S. senators from Colorado to support a provision included in a U.S. House-passed funding resolution that would block the blatant obstructionism of oil shale research and development originating from the desk of Interior Secretary Ken […]


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