During his visit to Amazon.com’s distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee this week, President Barack Obama proposed plans for a deal that cuts corporate tax rates and directs funds to initiatives that create more middle class jobs. The president’s “grand bargain” with the GOP would also provide tax incentives for manufacturers that reshore jobs to the U.S., which will help bolster the economy.
Economists and politicians continue to push U.S. manufacturing as a central part of a healthy economic future. Yet for years prior to the recession, experts had claimed that American manufacturing was no longer viable and that the country needs to focus on being an information-oriented, service economy. Read more
This October 1, California’s long-awaited Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) regulations will finally kick in. GCI is a set of regulations that will require manufacturers, re-sellers, and retailers to identify dangerous and toxic chemicals, and then substitute alternatives if they want to continue to sell in the state of California.
These regulations, painstakingly written with the input of manufacturing groups, environmental awareness organizations, and legislators from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), apply to companies that sell products in the state, as well as manufacturers in California. Read more