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With increasing frequency, over the past decade or so, there have been outcries about violations to the US Constitution, by the federal government, in how laws are created, implemented and enforced.
Whether it is concern about violations of privacy under Homeland Security, hundreds of new Presidential edicts that seem to circumvent Congress, or Supreme Court decisions that seem to stretch the very limits of credulity, more and more, citizens have been asking how these issues square with the Constitution.
Borrowers and lenders of loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration will have greater access to capital and less paperwork as a result of a proposed regulation aimed at streamlining the SBA application process, while also strengthening oversight and the integrity of the agency's loan programs.
Among the proposed changes are:
The world is watching – or at least Washington is – to see if the states can regulate fracking themselves.
With the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), so far, sitting on the sidelines while an oil and gas boom unfolds in the US, the states are being given what Winston Porter calls "a golden opportunity" to regulate the industry themselves. Porter, a former EPA assistant administrator, spoke to the Billings Downtown Exchange Club, a couple weeks ago, about the future of shale oil and gas development. "I'm a strong believer in the states doing their own regulating," he told his luncheon audience.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman approved the Keystone XL reroute proposed by TransCanada and forwarded his support for construction of the pipeline to President Obama and the Department of State.
This is a very positive and key step in the KXL approval process, report proponents of the project, including Montana's leaders in economic development.
In January 2012, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL proposal due to concerns raised by Nebraskans over the pipeline's potential impact on environmentally sensitive areas in their state. The State Department must now make a determination on the project, following public comment.
The percentage of U.S. households holding some form of debt declined from 74 percent to 69 percent between 2000 and 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. At the same time, the median amount of household debt increased over this period from $50,971 to $70,000. Between 2000 and 2011, the largest increases in median debt were experienced in households with householders age 35 to 44 (to $108,000), 45 to 54 (to $86,500) and 55 to 64 (to $70,000). However, the largest percentage increases in debt belonged to householders 55 to 64 years old (64 percent) and 65 and older (to $26,000). People 65 and older were the only age group whose likelihood of holding debt rose over the period.
2013 SBIR Tibbetts Awards and SBIR Hall of Fame Awards to be presented in May
The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for awards honoring the role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
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