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Elvis and a Big Hunk o’ Tax Breaks

Expansion of Graceland is benefiting from controversial tax incentives
Original publication date: 
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 18:59

Everything about Elvis Presley was big.

New Rule to Lift Veil on Tax Breaks

Accounting standard will require government officials to disclose value of property, sales and income taxes that have been waived
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 17:50

Cities and states have plied companies with tax breaks for decades hoping to attract jobs and commerce. A new accounting standard will force many to disclose the total annual cost.

Don't Expect the Earth to Move

Economic summits can be invaluable during crises, but rebalancing commerce or reforming regulation takes more than a meeting.
Original publication date: 
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 (All day)

By Friday evening, the heads of the world's 20 biggest economies -- from the US to South Africa, encompassing 85 percent of global economic activity -- will have dined, met, lunched, met again, and made their pronouncements.

If history is any judge, there may not be much in the way of immediate or lasting results.

Lobbyists turn on the juice

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Sunday, May 2, 1999 (All day)

Nobody knows how to throw a party like the electric industry -- especially for lawmakers.

From Las Vegas golf outings and January's $21,500 Electric Swamp Boogie, to quiet dinners and chartered flights for Razorback ballgames, the electric industry pulled out the stops to court legislators in the battle over deregulation.

Recent Ex-Senators Find Soft Landings on Corporate Boards

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Monday, June 24, 2013 - 15:18

Departing senators are finding that the life of an ex-lawmaker can be lucrative. In recent months, several have found spots in corporate boardroom, even if they have no direct business experience in the industries wooing them.

European Regulators Target U.S. Firms

New regulatory efforts by European policymakers may put American banks, insurers, and money managers at a competitive disadvantage
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Thursday, June 25, 2009 (All day)

President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul financial regulation covers everything from mortgages to hedge funds. But reform efforts in Europe may prove more significant for U.S. companies. European regulators are hashing out new rules for banks, insurers, and money managers that could put U.S. firms at a disadvantage.

The FDIC's Gift to Banks

The agency's plan to raise roughly $45 billion to help dodge a cash crunch also offers a way for financial firms to boost capital and profits
Original publication date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (All day)

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. isn't the only beneficiary of a plan to refill its coffers. The proposal, which the banking regulator announced on Sept. 29, also offers an intriguing way for financial firms to boost their capital and raise their profits.

Possums Are Playing Upside-Down Role In Florida Elections

Panhandle Marsupial Event Is Vital Campaign Stop; Jeb Bush Was a Regular
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Friday, August 11, 2006 (All day)

WAUSAU, Fla. -- Katherine Harris, the Florida congresswoman, U.S. Senate candidate and controversial former secretary of state, dangled a live possum by its tail. Other candidates waited their turns.

"Keep shaking!" auctioneer David Corbin admonished the candidates. "Don't let it crawl up your arm and bite!"

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