Operations & Policies

While the $1 trillion infrastructure funding in the bipartisan bill is critical and long overdue, even with final passage, the U.S. will still be faced with the hard reality that regulatory paralysis has made it increasingly difficult and time-consuming to get permits for major infrastructure construction projects. Consequently, infrastructure projects have ended up costing the
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Some 2,500 years ago, the Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu offered advice on winning a fight that remains relevant in business today: “Choose your battles wisely.” But at a time when today’s business leaders are being called upon to address a dizzying array of divisive societal issues, that’s easier said than done.  According to a
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In less than a year as CEO of Levenger, the provider of artisanal home and office products, Margaret Moraskie has been practicing her own fine art: balance. Among Moraskie’s tightrope acts these days are balancing post-pandemic openness with caution, external brand revitalization with the needs of Levenger’s internal culture, and her desire to establish more
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Marc Braun’s departure from Cambridge Air Solutions carries import for U.S. manufacturing CEOs for three reasons, thanks to his reputation as an innovative leader. Braun’s just-announced stepping down this month as president of the HVAC-systems maker in Chesterfield, Missouri, is a significant change in leadership at one of the true workplace-innovator companies in America. Chairman
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Has Mick Jagger become Washington’s newest consultant? He currently has Washington D.C. singing his Rolling Stone magazine designated 100th greatest song of all time—”You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you find, you get what you need”—with him. On Wednesday, the heralded bipartisan group of Senators who have been negotiating the terms of
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Johnson & Johnson had a problem in the early 2000s when physicians started prescribing its anti-psychotic drug Risperdal to children as a treatment for emotional disturbances and antisocial behavior.  The Food and Drug Administration had approved Risperdal for use in adult schizophrenics, with a warning against side effects, including gynecomastia, or abnormal swelling of the
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On his first day in office, President Biden laid out an ambitious regulatory agenda that was the mirror image of his predecessor’s hands-off, laissez-faire approach.  Climate change? The Environmental Protection Agency will make it a top priority, including tough new emissions rules and even support for litigation against fossil-fuel companies. Racial equity? The Justice Department
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While the education system has long experienced disparities in funding and resources, the unmet needs of K-12 classrooms have never been more apparent than during the pandemic. Within a matter of weeks, many districts shifted to remote learning and curriculums were uprooted ’ a process that, under normal circumstances, would have taken years of deliberations
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The significant decline in the enforcement of white collar and related financial crime and environmental misconduct ushered in during the Trump administration will soon reverse course. As Merrick Garland settles into his new role as U.S. Attorney General under the Biden administration, those once-sidelined enforcement priorities will likely take a front seat once again. Enforcement
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About a week ago, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan, the new Covid-19 stimulus relief bill, into law. While the $1.9 trillion stimulus package provides, among other things, direct funding to individuals, it also extends opportunities for businesses to receive Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans. Unlike individuals, who have received stimulus checks directly into
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With the March announcement that pharmaceutical giant Merck will help rival Johnson & Johnson manufacture J&J’s Covid vaccine, President Joe Biden’s promise to have enough shots for every adult by the end of May appears to be on track. The light at the end of a long tunnel is brightening, and companies can finally plan, in
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As a business owner, it was easy to get emotional in 2020. The suddenness and immediate severity of the economic collapse had never been experienced in modern times. The country went from record employment to recession seemingly overnight, and the resulting desperation has been on full display every day since. Many have asked what can
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Just as battery-powered locomotion is a long way from being able to propel massive semi-trucks on America’s highways cost-effectively, mammoth battery-powered tractors for America’s vast row-crop farms remain a long way from reality. But Steve Heckeroth believes he’s in the vanguard of bringing all-electric tractors to many other use cases across the country, from hobby
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