2019 Special 301 Report

USTR Releases Special 301 Report

On April 25, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued its 2019 Special 301 Report that provides an annual review of the...
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Veto Power in Wisconsin – Part 2

Balance of power in Wisconsin The partial veto power, even after its reductions in 1990 and 2008, remains a potent tool that is exclusive to...
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Michael Best Strategies’ Trade Team Leads Success for Small Businesses

Over the past nine months, Michael Best Strategies’ trade team - including myself, Denise Bode, and Alex Nichols have been working with numerous small businesses...

Governor Veto Power in Wisconsin

History of the partial veto The governor of Wisconsin has always had package veto power, which, until the early 1900s, proved sufficient as a check...

2018 Recap & 2019 Look-ahead: Technology

Major U.S. Congressional Actions in 2018 – Technology RAY BAUM’s Act • Reauthorized the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the first time in 28 years. • Directs...
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2018 Recap & 2019 Look-ahead: Infrastructure

Major U.S. Congressional Actions in 2018 – Infrastructure  Save Our Seas Act Bipartisan legislation that reauthorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris...
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U.S. Trade Gap Narrows as Imports from China Plummet

The U.S. monthly international trade deficit decreased in January 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau. The...

2018 Recap & 2019 Look-Ahead: Defense

Major U.S. Congressional Defense Actions in 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 Authorized a $716 billion top-line budget for Defense in FY2019. Authorized...

Labor Department Unveils New Overtime Pay Requirements

On March 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled a long-awaited proposal to make roughly 1.1 million more workers eligible for overtime pay. The...

Illinois’ Economic Forecast Report

Moody's Analytics provided its latest Forecast Report to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability and gave some optimism to Illinois. Some highlights include: ...

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