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09/28/2016
Will Transparency Prevail on FCC’s “Set-Top-Box” Plan

By Karen Kerrigan- UPDATE:  The FCC pulled the set-top-box vote from the September 29  agenda.  NOW they need to make the plan public so entrepreneurs, small businesses and impacted stakeholders can provide comment on it.  Small businesses, and all Americans ...

09/09/2016
FCC Goes from Bad to Worse on its Latest Rulemaking

by Raymond J. Keating- Government has an unrelenting knack for making bad situations worse. This happens when elected officials or regulators impose assorted policies with significant costs and consequences, and then go on to expand the scope, reach and control ...

08/12/2016
American Thoracic Society Report Falls Short

“Health of the Air” Report is Advocacy, Not Science By Karen Kerrigan On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) published a so-called “Health of the Air” report positing that dropping the ozone standard to 60 parts per ...

07/26/2016
Rural Colorado County Is Latest to Take American Lung Association to Task on Air Quality Claims

­­­­ By Karen Kerrigan A rural Colorado county is the latest to question the validity of the American Lung Association’s (ALA) 2016 State of the Air report air quality rankings. The rebuke from Garfield County comes on the heels of ...

07/22/2016
Congressional Oversight Committee Chairs and Air Regulators Call for Balance on CASAC

By Karen Kerrigan Congressional leaders and air quality regulators are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring regional diversity to the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) in a trio of letters to the agency. The letters, from ...

06/23/2016
Babson Survey Highlights Big Issues for Small Business, Including Access to Capital and Regulatory Challenges

by Raymond J. Keating- Babson College released The State of Small Business in America 2016 survey earlier this month, and it hits on some of the big opportunities and challenges for small businesses in today’s economy. The survey is based ...

06/23/2016
Regulatory Reforms to Help Small Business Financing

by Raymond J. Keating- During and in the immediate aftermath of the financial meltdown that hit in 2008, the contradictory political and policy message was to both blame and bailout large banks. The contradictions continued with the Dodd-Frank financial regulation ...

06/23/2016
CASAC Panel Nominations Offer Robust Selection for EPA’s Consideration

Washington, D.C. – On June 21, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted its list of individuals nominated to serve on the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The deadline to submit comments on these nominees is July 20, 2016. ...

06/22/2016
Ryan Reg Reform Agenda: Streamline Broken Federal Permitting Process

Regulatory Hurdles Obstructing Energy Abundance By Karen Kerrigan Speaker Ryan’s (R-WI) “Reducing Regulatory Burdens” Task Force outlined concrete solutions to make the rulemaking process more transparent, accountable, and scientifically sound.  One area of focus in the task force’s white paper, ...

06/17/2016
A “BETTER WAY” TO GOVERN AND REGULATE: WHY WE NEED REFORM

By Karen Kerrigan- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has released an ambitious regulatory reform plan that will rejuvenate the economy, spur quality job growth, and reinvigorate entrepreneurship. SBE Council responded very positively to the release of the plan as it includes wide-ranging ...


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