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Trump Administration Continues To Emphasize Tax Reform. (10/17/2017)

The AP (10/16) reported that “by slashing corporate tax rates, the Trump administration said Monday, the average U.S. household will get an estimated $4,000 more a year.” The piece explained “this stunning 5 percent increase is likely to be met with skepticism from tax experts and Democratic lawmakers.” The analysis by Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, “said that the considerably lower rate would spur more investment by companies, which would then boost hiring and worker productivity.” The Wall Street Journal (10/16, Rubin, Subscription Publication) noted that economists generally believe that the corporate tax burden affects both shareholders and workers.

Business Climate

Trump Has Nominated Five For IG Positions In Recent Months. (10/17/2017)

The Washington Times (10/15, Noble) reported President Trump “has picked up the pace” of selecting inspectors-general, having nominated five for IG positions in recent months: Gail S. Ennis as IG for the Social Security Administration, John Edward Dupuy for the Office of Personnel Management, Christopher Sharpley for the CIA, Mark L. Greenblatt for the Export-Import Bank, and Robert Storch for the NSA. According to the Project on Government Oversight, at least 12 of 34 inspector-general positions requiring presidential nominations are currently vacant.

Small Business Marketing

Ad Trade Groups Fire Off Objection To Browser Companies Blocking Ads. (10/17/2017)

Three of the largest ad trade groups have written to the Coalition for Better Ads to argue that browser companies shouldn’t be able to effectively regulate ads by making browsers that block them. Ad Age (10/12, Slefo) reported the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), and the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4As) argue in a letter that any effort to deal with “unacceptable user experiences must be based on industry-wide self regulation.” The report points out that Google’s Chrome will soon include technology to block some ad formats, while Apple has made a similar decision for its Safari browser.

Wages and Benefits

Labor Department: Available Jobs Remain At “Near-Record Levels.” (10/17/2017)

The AP (10/11, Rugaber) reported that the Labor Department announced that “US employers are advertising near-record levels of job openings, though the total slipped in August from July.” The number of available jobs “fell 0.9 percent in August to just under 6.1 million,” down from “6.14 million in the previous month.” The AP wrote that while “job openings have risen as the number of unemployed has fallen to the lowest in a decade,” nevertheless “average wage growth has been sluggish, suggesting that companies aren’t offering sufficiently healthy pay to entice workers already employed to switch jobs.” In addition, the AP stated that “companies also pulled back slightly on hiring, and the number of people quitting their jobs also fell a bit,” concluding that “overall, the report suggests the job market was healthy but a little less active in August.”