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SEATTLE | Washington voters set to decide ban on new local soda taxes

SEATTLE — Soda industry giants including the Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, Inc. are spending more than $20 million to convince voters in Washington state to pass an initiative that would block local governments from imposing taxes on soda, sugary beverages and some food items. The effort follows a tax on sugary beverages that went into … Continue reading SEATTLE | Washington voters set to decide ban on new local soda taxes

NEW YORK | Rising rates, slowing home sales expected to hurt remodelers

NEW YORK — General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales. That’s the prediction of Harvard University‘s Joint Center for Housing Studies, which last week issued its quarterly report on home remodeling. The center’s index … Continue reading NEW YORK | Rising rates, slowing home sales expected to hurt remodelers

Ripl and LiveShopCast Partner to Accelerate Video Engagement for Online Stores

  BELLEVUE, WASH./ OCTOBER 11, 2018 (STL.News) Ripl Inc., a software company that helps small businesses market on social media, today unveiled a significant partnership which will allow their users to engage customers using LiveShopCast’s actionable video platform at substantial savings. Now the same online store operators can create customized, dynamic, branded videos for posting … Continue reading Ripl and LiveShopCast Partner to Accelerate Video Engagement for Online Stores

BERLI | Germany agrees to plan to cut diesel pollution

BERLIN — The German government backed plans Tuesday to help reduce pollution from diesel vehicles while easing the burden on consumers worried about costly upgrades. Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer and Environment Minister Svenja Schulze told reporters the concept is to keep modern, less polluting diesel vehicles on the road while upgrading or retiring older models … Continue reading BERLI | Germany agrees to plan to cut diesel pollution

BERLIN | German government agrees to plan to cut diesel pollution

BERLIN— The German government backed plans Tuesday to help reduce pollution from diesel vehicles while easing the burden on consumers worried about costly upgrades. The issue is complicated politically in a country in love with its cars and where diesels are favored by commuters and small businesses for their generally better efficiency and lower fuel … Continue reading BERLIN | German government agrees to plan to cut diesel pollution

United States | Sinema Votes to Stop Tax Increase on AZ Families, Small Businesses

Sinema-supported bill makes critical fixes to tax law United States – Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) voted today to pass a bill that prevents a tax increase on middle-class Arizonans and small businesses. The bill makes important corrections to mistakes in the tax law that passed the House last year. “When last year’s partisan tax bill … Continue reading United States | Sinema Votes to Stop Tax Increase on AZ Families, Small Businesses

WASHINGTON | House Republicans seek permanent tax cuts as elections loom

WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders have unveiled their proposal to expand the massive tax law they hustled through Congress last year. They’re aiming to make permanent the individual tax cuts and small-business income deductions now set to expire in 2026. With midterm elections barely two months away, the second crack at tax cuts outlined Monday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | House Republicans seek permanent tax cuts as elections loom

WASHINGTON | Survey of economists: Some Trump policies could slow growth

WASHINGTON  — U.S. business economists are concerned about the risks of some of President Donald Trump’s economic policies, saying they fear his tariffs and higher budget deficits could eventually slow the economy. More than 90 percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics in a report being released Monday said they think … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Survey of economists: Some Trump policies could slow growth