Business

If You Are Not Careful, You Can Eventually Hit Your Head on a Debt Ceiling

By Carroll Andrew Morse | July 18, 2011 |

There are about a half-a-dozen things I could comment on, in reaction to the announcement by Borders Books today that it is going all-the-way out of business. For now, following on from Justin’s post earlier today, I will simply note this passage from the Wall Street Journal story on the subject…Borders filed for bankruptcy-court protection…

Godin on the “Economies of small”

By Marc Comtois | April 19, 2011 |

Seth Godin has advice for the little guy. Like small business or even a small state. Economies of scale are well understood. Bigger factories are more efficient, bigger distribution networks are more efficient, bigger ad campaigns can be more efficient. It’s often hard to defeat a major competitor, particularly if the market is looking for…

Management as the Science of Squeezing

By Justin Katz | April 11, 2011 |

This interesting article by Matthew Stewart mainly questions the value of an education specifically in business administration, as opposed to, say, philosophy. Stewart notes two general management theories that alternate in emphasis in the popular mind, and this anecdote from the founding of one theory, indeed, from Frederick Winslow Taylor’s invention of the field of…

Open Thread: Combined Reporting, Good Idea or Not?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | March 8, 2011 |

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has proposed “combined reporting” in his FY2012 budget proposal as a means of raising revenue for Rhode Island. Given this is the most technical of the Governor’s major proposed “revenue enhancers”, the floor is open for any insights into the details of how and why “combined reporting” is supposed to…

What a Tangled BigBiz Tech Web We Weave

By Marc Comtois | February 9, 2011 |

First we all disapproved of Microsoft and they went down. Now it’s Google’s turn….and guess who it blames? Google is under siege in Washington like never before — and it says an “anti-Google industrial complex” is to blame. In an interview with POLITICO, a Google spokesman argued that a cabal of antitrust lawyers, lobbyists and…

Update: Senators Reed and Whitehouse Vote Against 1099 Relief

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 6, 2011 |

In response to my Friday 1099 repeal post, commenter “bythebay” notes that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse did vote for a 1099 repeal amendment that was submitted by Michigan Senator Carl Levin. The Levin Amendment would have offset anticipated revenues from the 1099 provision by eliminating certain tax-breaks for oil companies. (The…

Senators Reed and Whitehouse Vote Against 1099 Relief

By Carroll Andrew Morse | February 4, 2011 |

The United States Senate voted yesterday to repeal the section of the new Federal Healthcare Law that would have required businesses to file a separate 1099 form for every vendor from whom they purchase $600 or more in goods and/or services. (CNN has a good description of the scope of the 1099 provision, available here).…

We Need to Prune Regulations, Not Regulate Pruning

By Monique Chartier | January 19, 2011 |

Pulling out a bill from Andrew’s latest handy-dandy list, it’s not at all clear to me, setting aside crass considerations like the impact on our hedge trimming and lawn mowing bills, how this would improve our rankings of 49th worst business climate and 49th worst economy in the country. A bill sponsored last week by…

Creating Pants on Fire Out of Truth

By Justin Katz | November 22, 2010 |

Sunday’s PolitiFact correctly rates as “true” RI Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s statement that “the law… permits companies that close down American factories… to take a tax deduction for the costs associated with moving the jobs to China or India or wherever.” But in its headline, in its presentation, and in an expanded quotation from Whitehouse,…

John Robitaille (And Clearly John Robitaille) on Today’s 38 Studios Development

By Carroll Andrew Morse | August 31, 2010 |

As of 8:45 this evening, Katherine Gregg‘s 7-to-7 item on today’s developments in the 38 Studios deal contains what appears to be a typographical echo…Urging them both to cease their attempts to “interfere” with the $75 million loan guarantee agreement with Schilling’s 38 Studios, Carcieri said: “Businesses and the bond market should not be subject…