Openmarket.org: Paul and Udall Push Bipartisan Credit Union Business Lending Regulatory Reform
Today, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is launching its “Don’t Tax Tuesday” in which credit unions and their supporters tweet members of Congress about not double taxing credit union members in the name of “tax reform.” Another group, the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU), is holding a “Congressional Caucus” this week in which leaders and members of credit unions meet with lawmakers about the impact of current and proposed taxes and regulations.
Much of credit union’s big government burden is the same as that as faced by banks through the 2,500 pages of the Dodd-Frank financial “reform” rammed through in 2010 and the unaccountable Consumer Financial Protection Bureau it created. Credit Unions have been vocal on how these regulations aimed at targeting Wall Street have been hitting Main Street.
Globalwarming.org: America’s Energy Advantage Calls for Nat Gas Export Restrictions – Again. Why Now?
Today on Real Clear Politics, Jennifer Diggins, Public Affairs director for Nucor Energy and Chair of America’s Energy Advantage (AEA), urges the Department of Energy (DOE) to ’slow-track’ applications to export domestically-produced liquefied natural gas (LNG). Other AEA members include Eastman, Huntsman, Celanese, Alcoa, and, most prominently, Dow Chemical. The question is one of timing. Why now?> Read more
Workplacechoice.org: D.C. Agrees to Costly Project Labor Agreement
On September 9, the office of Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the city will sign a Projects Labor Agreement for the construction of the new D.C. United soccer stadium. The estimated cost for the building is $300 million.
It is well-documented that Project Labor Agreements drive up costs, by some estimates up to 12 to 18 percent. This is because PLA’s subvert competitive bidding by forcing facility owners (normally government agencies) to enter into collective bargaining agreements.> Read more