ACCCE Applauds Congressional Oversight of EPA’s Illegal Carbon Regulation

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity commended the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Environment for holding a hearing entitled “State Perspectives: How EPA’s Power Plan Will Shut Down Power Plants.” The hearing focused on the consequences associated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreaching carbon plan.

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Chamber Comments on Water Definition


On. Aug. 27, Chief Judge Ralph Erickson of the U.S. District Court of North Dakota placed a temporary injunction against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delaying the agency’s implementation of a new rule expanding the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) in the Clean Water Act. The rule was set to go into effect last Friday (Aug. 28, 2015).

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State Personal Income: First Quarter 2015


State personal income grew 0.9 percent on average in the first quarter of 2015, after growing 1.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to estimates released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income grew in 46 states and growth accelerated in 15 of those states. The fastest growth, 1.3 percent, was in Florida. Personal income fell in four states, with the largest decline, 1.2 percent, in Iowa. The national price index for personal consumption expenditures, fell 0.5 percent in the first quarter, after falling 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter.

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Montana Farm Bureau Applauds Judge’s Block of Waters of the U.S


The Montana Farm Bureau applauds U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Erickson’s decision to block the implementation of the Environmental Protection Association’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. The judge issued a temporary injunction requested by North Dakota and 12 other states halting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers from regulating small streams, ditches and farm ponds under the Clean Water Act. Montana Attorney General Tim Fox had been one of the 12 attorney generals opposing the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers on this rule.

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Employers Struggle to Retain Employees


With the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ July 2015 unemployment rate at 5.3 percent, small businesses realize the battle for talent is getting tougher, according to the newly released 2015 Aflac Workforces Report (AWR) for Small Businesses. The report found that small businesses have continued to advance their health care benefits offerings, as mandated, even as many experienced budget cuts, layoffs and other effects.

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Rare Court Victory for Coal


Montana’s coal industry experienced rare victories on June 9. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with PPL Montana’s claim that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) haze pollution rules arbitrarily require the company to install pollution controls costing millions of dollars without assurance of improvements in visibility.

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Court Decision on EPA Regulations Brings Relief to Business


The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency cannot turn a blind eye to the costs of its regulatory reach has been met with a sigh of relief from the small business community.
Karen Kerrigan, president and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, called the ruling “a relief to small business owners who remain deeply concerned about the full slate of EPA regulations, either in the works or finalized, that impose burdensome red tape and costs.”

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UN Report Advocates Ratcheting Up Enforcement Of ‘Sustainable’ Business


A recent report advocates greater activism to make businesses “sustainable.”
DNV GL developed a report on behalf of the United Nations Global Compact that concludes the private sector’s voluntary move toward “sustainable” practices isn’t happening fast enough and government must be urged to force changes.
The “necessary transformative change will only become reality if we are all able to speed up, scale and strengthen our efforts,” proclaimed Dr. Henrick O. Madsen, Group President and Chief Executive Officer at DNV GL.

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R&D Credit Also Progressing


Manufacturers scored a win for innovation and job creation on May 20 with US House of Representatives’ passage of the American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2015 (HR 880) by a vote of 274-145. HR 880 would restore, strengthen, and make permanent the tax credit for research and development (R&D), retroactive to January 1, 2015. In addition to making permanent an enhanced alternative simplified credit with an enhanced rate of 20 percent (up from 14 percent), the bill also includes provisions to make the credit more accessible for small businesses.

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