• Focus on Jobs Should Be Debate Job #1

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    Two debates are in the books, and the candidates for president and vice president have yet to put forward any significant details on how they would accelerate job creation and lasting economic strength across the country.  We understand that the men elected in November to lead our government have to be able to focus on myriad issues and demonstrate their knowledge and approach to a wide spectrum of [...]
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  • From TechElect -- The Next Question for Governor Romney and President Obama

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    This blog was originally posted at TechElect.org. Tonight, the vice presidential debate was heavy on foreign policy and light on jobs policy.  There was significant attention paid to what’s happening on the ground in Afghanistan, Iran, Libya, and Syria, but too little to the economic challenges facing families in Ohio, Virginia, Texas, and across the United States.  I say that not to dismiss the importance [...]
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  • What About Jobs?

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    Innovation was missing from the first presidential debate.  So was utilizing the power of technology as a foundation for a stronger economy.  And, other than a few of areas of agreement on taxes and education, the debate was devoid of new ideas and bold approaches to create jobs and get America moving again.   Both candidates repeated the well-rehearsed points that we consistently hear on the campaign [...]
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  • Detroit News: "Tax reform takes a backseat to posturing"

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    Today in the Detroit News, ITI President & CEO Dean Garfield has an op-ed focused on the corporate tax debate -- looking at the areas that President Obama and Governor Romney agree on tax reform and the bipartisan support that is growing for a competitive, market-based system.  And he compared those cooperative discussions to the partisan show that claimed to be a Senate hearing last month, chaired [...]
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  • Asking for Real Ideas, Not Rhetoric, at the Presidential Debates

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    Next week, President Obama and Governor Romney will stand toe-to-toe in the first of three presidential debates.  For 90 minutes, the two candidates will focus on what they think is important to American voters in an unvarnished, unscripted, unpredictable debate setting.  There has been a lot of shouting throughout this campaign, but not enough substance.  American voters have stated clearly and repeatedly [...]
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  • Smarter Ways to Deal with Used Electronics

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    ITI is in Geneva, Switzerland, all week, actively participating with dozens of governments and other stakeholders in the 8th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 8) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.  If you’re still reading after that introduction…thank you! We are here representing the global high-tech sector and throwing [...]
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  • Power Up: The Facts on the Tech Sector’s Energy and Sustainability Work

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    The New York Times this week shined a light on the tech sector’s energy efficiency work – and there has been plenty of reaction to the major inaccuracies in the paper’s articles.  ITI took time recently to talk innovation with Kathrin Winkler, the chief sustainability officer for EMC, about the broader issues facing the sector’s energy and environmental work.  Given the Times’ articles and misinformation, [...]
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  • End the STEM Lockout!

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    This week the National Hockey League (NHL) canceled all preseason games through September 30 due to its player lockout labor dispute.  NHL staff are being asked to take pay cuts and fewer work days as a result of decreased league revenue from the lockout.  With the potential threat of a reduced or perhaps even canceled hockey season, Washington Capital’s star Alexander Ovechkin has decided to play [...]
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  • A Tale of Two Hearings: Congressional Approaches on Tax Reform

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    On Thursday, a pair of Congressional hearings will focus attention on the critical need for tax reform.  We hope the hearings will not only examine the problems with our current antiquated tax system, but also look at potential solutions.  At one hearing, Senator Carl Levin of Michigan will hear from several tax policy experts, government administrators, and business tax planners, including ITI members [...]
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  • Voting to Strengthen America's Economic Foundation

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    UPDATE (5:08 p.m.):  The House voted 257-158 on the Smith bill -- a majority but not enough to reach the 2/3rds threshold required for the suspension rules under which the bill was being considered.   There is a skills gap in today’s workforce.  To remain competitive, the U.S. must increase the number of potential workers who hold higher degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics [...]
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