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Wednesday / Jul 13, 2016 /

Illinois Budget Agreement: a first step down a long road?

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As the final days of the Illinois general assembly came to a close, state representatives resolved to fund state programs through the end of the calendar year.  The budget will allow Illinois schools to open on time, will partially fund (with big strings attached) Chicago teacher pensions and will provide funding for humans services, which…

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Tuesday / Jun 28, 2016 /

Brexit: What happened and how it will impact your business

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In a referendum felt ‘round the world, UK voters decided it would be best to leave the European Union.  By a vote of 52-48, the “Leave” supporters have won and have thereby disrupted the trend towards progressively greater European integration that has been in place since World War II.  The immediate repercussions of the decision…

Wednesday / May 18, 2016 /

Illinois Budget Update

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Since June 2015, the state of Illinois has operated without a budget.  Illinois is the lowest rated state in the nation and its bonds pay +2.5% interest rate points above the average AAA rated municipal bond.  Currently, the government has accumulated $7.5 billion in unpaid bills, a figure that the Illinois Comptroller estimates will soon…

Monday / Apr 25, 2016 /

3 Key Issues for the International Economy

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At the March 16 Federal Reserve meeting, the central bank left interest rates and monetary policy unchanged.  Given the dramatic drop in the global stock and commodity markets over the last quarter, this came as little shock to the markets.  Given the continued recovery in the U.S. jobs situation with unemployment falling below 5.0%, there…

Wednesday / Apr 13, 2016 /

Comparing the Sanders and Clinton platforms on taxes and trade

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The race to the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination continues to grow more interesting with each passing primary, Wisconsin providing the latest intrigue.  While once considered a “fringe” candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders has now reeled off victories in 6 out of the last 7 primaries and is not likely to drop out of the race any…

Friday / Mar 25, 2016 /

Clinton vs. Trump: tax and economic plans

AndyBusch / Blog / 1 Comment

This election season has been simply the story in the United States if not the world.  The emergence of billionaire Donald Trump and the presence of Hillary Clinton are providing the media with great story lines and captivating, if not sometimes crude, sound bites.  Sadly, the noise level has grown to such heights that the…

Friday / Mar 11, 2016 /

Republican Primary: Where it stands and who stands to win

AndyBusch / Blog / 2 Comments

As the primary calendar shortens with each passing week, the Republican race for the White House sharpens its focus to three candidates:  Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.  The raucous and ugly debates have been a crucible for the campaigns and have negatively impacted each candidate.  So where does the race stand and what…

Monday / Mar 07, 2016 /

Andy Busch 2016 Presidential Election speech video highlights

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In this video highlight reel, Andy Busch delivers his “2016 Presidential Election: what it means for business, jobs and lives” keynote to the Texas Hill Country MPI. He covers the top 5 US presidential candidates tax and economic plans: Trump, Cruz, Rubio, Sanders and Clinton.

Tuesday / Feb 23, 2016 /

Sanders’ Tax and Economic Plans: a negative for Texas

AndyBusch / Blog / 1 Comment

As the calendar turns to March, the 2016 US Presidential election is entering into a key stretch of the primary schedule.  March 1st is “Super Tuesday” when 15 primaries are held, many in the Southern states.   With this in mind, this research piece will focus on the largest state in this grouping, Texas, and the…

Tuesday / Feb 16, 2016 /

Illinois budget battle reaches crescendo

AndyBusch / Blog / 1 Comment

As Governor Rauner prepares to deliver his second budget since taking office, this is perhaps a good time to review where the Illinois budget conflict stands, what’s at stake and how it’s impacting businesses across the state. What does this mean for business? The Illinois budget impasse is creating increasingly difficult conditions for all companies doing…