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President Obama Outlines ‘Grand Bargain’ Deal to Bolster Middle-Class Jobs

July 31, 2013

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. Read More

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Alternative Assessments Key to Manufacturers as California Green Chemistry Initiative Kicks in

July 31, 2013

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

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Rising U.S. Dollar Could Put a Damper on Manufacturing Exports

July 30, 2013

Is the rising value of the U.S. dollar a good thing for American manufacturing, or does it make the sector less competitive? On the face of it, one might think a strong dollar is a positive thing. Strength is good. Higher value is good. But that's not necessarily the case in the world of manufacturing trade. Read More

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Most Americans Desire a Career Change, But Face Key Barriers

July 30, 2013

Millions of U.S. workers quit their jobs each month, and now a new survey reveals why they are not looking back: 55 percent of working adults want a new career. Those who want to quit also identified the top barriers that are getting in the way of their occupation change. Here is a closer look at the findings. Read More

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Appeals Court Upholds EPA Ozone Pollution Standard

July 30, 2013

scales1Last week, a federal court upheld a 2008 air pollution standard opposed by both industry and environmental groups for different reasons after the court ruled that it adhered to both science and policy. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington unanimously rejected arguments that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ozone standard for public health, which was set by former President George W. Bush, was either too restrictive or too restrictive enough. Read More

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House Legislation to Improve Safety and Cut Costs of Small Aircraft

July 30, 2013

Small private aircraft have gradually become too expensive for many people who would like to own and fly them, limiting sales and preventing more rapid business growth for manufacturers. An enormous contributing factor to high prices, according to both aircraft makers and private buyers, is Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification costs. Read More

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The Real Crash

July 30, 2013

In The Real Crash, Peter D. Schiff argues that America is enjoying a government-inflated bubble, one that reality will explode . . . with disastrous consequences for the economy and for each of us. You might be thinking everything’s okay: the stock market is on the rise, jobs are growing, the worst of it is... Read More