Van Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

06/01/15

Trade leads the president’s small biz agenda

It won’t be long before the phrase “lame duck” is applied to President Obama, but he still has an ambitious small business agenda of tax reform, greater access to capital, and, especially, trade. That agenda was spelled out by Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, on a recent visit to Madison.

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05/01/15

Has tech blown chance to narrow pay gap?

This was going to be a column about the pay gap between men and women, and why the real solution should be linked to convincing more young women to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. I was going to point out that if we’re going to close that gap, which is roughly 23 cents on every $1 that men make (if you believe the advocates), companies operating in STEM would have to diversify because they have the highest-paying occupations and are male dominated.

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04/02/15

Washington, can we at least have more visas?

About this time last year, we reported about how congressional inaction on immigration reform is harming businesses. We wish we could say that things are different today.

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03/06/15

Don't kill the American energy advantage

The nation’s energy renaissance arrived just in time, but for some strange reason, some elected officials are trying to undermine it. Thanks to recent breakthroughs in drilling technology, we have emerged as the world’s top producer of natural gas, and our ability to locate and extract shale oil makes OPEC very nervous.

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02/06/15

Now that job-hopping has lost its stigma ...

Thanks to seemingly irreversible workforce trends, job-hopping doesn’t carry the stigma it once did, and that’s a dilemma for employers who are virtually compelled to reduce the phenomenon.

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