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President Signs $1 Trillion Continuing Resolution

Josette Burns |

President Obama signed a $1 trillion dollar Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2015 that will continue to fund the federal government at current spending levels, effectively avoiding a federal government shutdown through December 11, 2014. Two notable small business provisions related to the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) and the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) were also passed.

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Update: BWC Announces Another Billion Back

Josette Burns |

On Wednesday, August 8, Governor Kasich proposed the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) provide $1 billion dollars in premium rebates to Ohio employers.  Steve Buehrer, BWC’s Administrator, will present “Another Billion Back” plan at the BWC August Board meeting and if it is approved, the proposal would inject dollars into Ohio’s economy and add another $35 million dollar investment in Ohio worker safety and health & wellness initiatives.   

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Congress is Back...Briefly

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After a five-week summer break and with about two weeks to spare, Congress will look to pass a continuing resolution (CR) appropriations bill by September 30 to avoid a federal government shutdown. 

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UPDATE: D.C. Circuit Court Withdraws Previous Decision to Defund ACA

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In July, two U.S. courts issued conflicting rulings regarding the availability of subsides to help purchase coverage under the current health care law. In a 2-1 vote, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit made the decision in Halbig v. Burwell to defund a majority of the Affordable Care Act. 

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Senator Turner Visits McGregor, Hears the Mounting Challenges of Delivering Senior Care

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McGregor is not your typical COSE member.  It has a 32-acre facility and more than 500 employees.  But, McGregor likes to think of itself as small business that treats its customers like family. You see McGregor, is a non-profit assisted living and retirement facility located in Cleveland Heights.  For over a century, McGregor has been servicing the assisted living needs of the greater Cleveland area


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Feds Reach Small Business Contracting Goal

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the federal government reached its annual small business contracting goal for the first time in eight years, equating to $83.1 billion of eligible contracting dollars.  Unfortunately, the feds did fall short in two prime contracting categories:  female owned small businesses and historically underutilized business zones (HUBZone). 

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National Regulatory Budget Act Introduced in Both U.S. Senate and House

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Rules and regulations can be challenging for small business owners to understand and comply with, and they are not always top of mind for employers until they are directly impacted by them.  Thankfully, there are some institutions and processes in place that can help, and there’s federal legislation that aims to address this common small business pain point even further.  

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President Signs Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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COSE partners with the National Small Business Association (NSBA) on federal advocacy issues and one of the bills we were tracking of late was bi-partisan workforce development legislation known as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act or WIOA (H.R. 803).

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FTC Puts the Stop on B2B Scam Artists

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) took a handful of scam artists to court who were caught taking millions of dollars from small businesses and nonprofits over the past several years. Thankfully, the FTC filed a case in Maryland against these businesses and have since temporarily shut down the operation. One group called Midway Industries LLC actually had over 500 complaints filed against them dating back to 2012 for business to business (B2B) fraud.