On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of May 1

U.S. factory orders rise; core capital goods orders revised up.  Reuters 5/4 “New orders for U.S.-made goods increased for a fourth straight month in March and orders for capital equipment were stronger than previously reported, pointing to a sustained recovery in the manufacturing sector. . . .” US Small-Business Owners’ Optimism Remains Strong.  Gallup 5/4 […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of Febuary 6

U.S. Consumer Sentiment Cooled in February From 13-Year High.  Bloomberg 2/10 “Consumer confidence retreated in February from a 13-year high as Americans tempered expectations of their finances and the economy, with sentiment remaining sharply divided among party lines. . . .” Heitkamp says Trump will support the Export-Import Bank.  The Hill 2/9 “A Senate Democrat […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of December 19

Some different takes on what US manufacturing policy may look like.  Plastics News 12/21 “President-elect Trump’s unorthodox style of industrial policy — tweets aimed at specific manufacturing companies, like Carrier or Boeing — have been getting all the public and media attention, even before he takes office. . . .” U.S. manufacturing job openings at […]

National News Notes | Administration Unveils Rule Making Millions Eligible for Overtime Pay

The following summary of news reports is provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM:  The Obama administration on Tuesday presented a revised federal rule on overtime pay, providing what USA Today (5/17, Davidson) calls its “most prominent initiative to lift middle-class wages.” The Los Angeles Times (5/17, Memoli) says “more than 4 million […]

National News Notes: EPA Ozone Rules; Federal GMO Legislation; Boiler and General Service Lamp Efficiency; West Coast Ports Labor Pact

The following are provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM.  House Introduces Bill To Block EPA’s Ozone Rules. The Washington Examiner (3/18, Siciliano) reports that on Thursday, members of the Texas delegation introduced a bill into the House that would “block the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark rules for smog-forming ozone.” The bill received […]

National News Notes: EU Tax Policies; Clean Water Rule Challenge

The following is provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM. EU Competition Chief Defends Probes On Tax Deals In Letter To Lew. Bloomberg News (2/29, Sebag) reports that Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner, “sought to dispel ‘misunderstandings’ and rebut U.S. claims that her clampdown on preferential tax deals unfairly targets American […]

National News Notes: International Trade; EU Tax Disclosure Rules

The following is provided in cooperation with our national allies at NAM. Senate Approves Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act. The New York Times (2/11, Calmes, Subscription Publication) reports that on Thursday, “The Senate gave overwhelming final approval” to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, “the most comprehensive overhaul of customs law in decades, […]