State of the Union

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Obama 2015 Tax Proposals

President Obama’s State of the Union address, delivered on January 20, 2015, proposed three significant changes to US federal tax law: (1) an increase from the current 20 percent rate to 28 percent for the top federal capital...more

NC Politics In The News

North Carolina Representatives and Senators gathered in the House chambers last Wednesday evening to receive Governor Pat McCrory’s biennial State of the State Address. Governor McCrory outlined his 2015 agenda, which...more

NC Legislative Update for February 6, 2015

This Week - Governor McCrory addressed a joint assembly of House and Senate Wednesday evening for the biennial State of the State address. The Governor used his 80-minute speech to focus on a number of issues that he...more

President Promotes Cybersecurity in State of the Union Address

Highlighting the importance of cybersecurity in a time of data breaches and cyber attacks that have compromised our national security, privacy, economy, and businesses, President Obama incorporated cybersecurity issues in his...more

President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union

President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, and one of the major focuses of the speech was the importance of concluding trade agreements. The President used the occasion to call on...more

Details Emerge for President’s Precision Medicine Initiative

Personalized medicine has a friend in high places. President Obama recently announced an initiative to support “precision” or personalized medicine. In very general terms, the President stated during his 2015 State of the...more

President Presses For Action On Cybersecurity Legislation In State Of The Union

On January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, during which he pressed for Congress to take action to combat cybersecurity threats. He called on Congress to “finally pass the legislation...more

Proposed Federal Data Security Breach Notification Law

If you watched President Obama’s State of the Union last week, you may have heard him briefly discuss the data security breach notification legislation he has recently proposed. Although the President spent only a little more...more

The Cyber Security State of the Union: Obama Commits “to Protect a Free and Open Internet”

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama continued his ongoing push for nationwide privacy legislation to “better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our...more

Proposed Personal Data Notification & Protection Act

Leading up to his State of the Union address last week, President Obama proposed a number of federal legislative goals intended to provide a uniform standard as to how data breaches and other related incidents would be...more

Greenhouse Gas Reductions – Is There Still Time to Change the Policy Direction?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the pending Clean Power Plan and his intent to make climate change a centerpiece of his domestic policy, and indeed an aspect of his Presidential legacy, with the...more

State Of The Union “Sneak Peek” Highlights Administration Cybersecurity Initiatives

As part of a series of “sneak peeks” announced in advance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama made remarks last week before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland...more

What Obama's Proposed Anti-Hacking Legislation Means for Entrepreneurs

The slew of highly publicized data breaches over the past few years has brought the issue of cyber-security truly to the mainstream -- most recently reaching our living rooms through President Barack Obama’s State of the...more

Did The State Of The Union Matter For Employers?

The short answer: not really. This year’s State of the Union Address, delivered by a lame-duck President to a hostile Congress, contained ideas that, if enacted, would surely affect American employers. But in the end, the...more

Energy and State of the Union 2015

President Obama delivered his 2015 State of the Union address on January 20, 2015. In his remarks as prepared for delivery, he addressed energy-related themes including the growth of U.S. energy resource production and...more

2015 State of the Union: Cyber, Data and Privacy Issues

President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted the importance of cybersecurity, data security and privacy to his 2015 agenda: "No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our...more

State of the Union Surprise: President Targets Inherited Assets in Middle-Class Tax Reform

After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, many in the estate planning community thought that tax law dealing with estates and trusts was settled for some time. President Obama’s earlier budget proposals calling for a...more

Cybersecurity and Privacy in State of the Union Address

As expected in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama made it very clear that cybersecurity is on his agenda for 2015. After stating that: “No foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down...more

#SOTU2015: Employment, Immigration, Cyber Safety, and Education in a New Era

On the evening of January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives with Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the president’s...more

SOTU mentions housing!

President Obama’s State of the Union address touched briefly on housing issues. With a focus on “middle class economics”, it was inevitable that we would hear about homeownership rather than rental housing. He mentioned lower...more

Obama Continues to Push For Federal Sick Leave

During his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama continued his push for a mandatory paid sick leave law by calling on Congress to act and send him a bill. The White House first announced its plans last week in...more

Opposition Politics + Peña’s State of the Union = Governability and Growth?

Two early September events in Mexico – a PRD leadership election and the President’s State of the Union Address – suggest the persistence of productive executive-legislative relations through the end of 2014 and the revival...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - March 2014

In This Issue: - President Obama Highlights Manufacturing And Trade Issues In The State Of The Union Address - United States And EU Join 11 Other Countries In Launching Negotiations To Liberalize Trade In Green...more

President Obama Highlights Manufacturing And Trade Issues In The State Of The Union Address

Only forty-five seconds elapsed before President Obama addressed American manufacturing in his State of the Union speech to Congress on January 28. The President acknowledged the hard work of the U.S. automotive industry...more

MyRA Will Offer Retirement Accounts to Employees Without Access Through Employers

It is estimated that nearly half of American employees do not have access to retirement plans sponsored by their employers. President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he would be ordering the Department...more

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