Angela Merkel warns Greece that reform plan must add up – business live


All the latest economic and financial news, as the Greek government struggles to persuade its lenders to release much-needed funds before the eurozone crisis erupts againLatest: Merkel discusses Greek situationSummary: Talks resume, but no dealGermany: No reform plan from Greece yetEuropean economic sentiment hits 44-month high Continue reading... Business | The Guardian Read more [...]

Border Patrol sees little reform on agents’ use of force


Nearly a year after the Obama administration vowed to crack down on Border Patrol agents who use excessive force, no shooting cases have been resolved, no agents have been disciplined, a review panel has yet to issue recommendations, and the top two jobs in internal affairs are vacant.
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“Unconstitutional” Pension Reform Ruling Places Illinois In Fiscal Straightjacket


On Friday afternoon, Judge Jon Belz of the 7th Judicial Circuit Court in Sangamon county Illinois declared unconstitutional the pension reform that was signed into law in December 2013 (click here to read entire ruling).  If left to stand by the Illinois Supreme Court, this decision will place the State [...] Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]

Waiting for patent reform is costing us billions — here are the numbers


GUEST POSTImage Credit: Hermin/ShutterstockAfter almost three weeks of heated debate, palace intrigue, semantic suggestions, and false starts, the Senate Judiciary Committee left for April Recess on the doorstep of an historic deal to curb the scurrilous practices of patent trolls. The prospective deal, spearheaded by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), provides the clearest hope yet for real improvement before this fall’s midterm elections. While we praise Sen. Schumer Read more [...]

Pointing to bridge report, Christie vows to reform Port Authority


The New Jersey governor accepts the resignation of the agency's chairman, David Samson, a longtime ally and prominent figure in state politics. TRENTON, N.J. — Reasserting himself publicly a day after his handpicked lawyers cleared him of involvement in September's massive George Washington Bridge traffic jam, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vowed Friday to reform the agency that controls the area's bridges — even as he defended the departing chairman, a longtime ally. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

U.S. border agency under pressure to reform use-of-force policies


Lawmakers and watchdog groups call on U.S. Customs and Border Protection to toughen deadly force restrictions and increase transparency.WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and watchdog groups called Friday for tougher restrictions on the use of deadly force by U.S. border agents and more transparency in the investigation of killings, including the release of an independent audit that recommended reforms in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's "use-of-force" policies. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Analysis Of Chairman Camp’s Proposal For Tax Reform, Part II: The Business Tax Proposals


Earlier today, we published Part 1 of our analysis of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s proposal for tax reform, which dealt specifically with provisions that would modify the individual income tax regime. Now let’s take a look at Part II, which focuses on changes to the corporate, flow-through, and international tax laws. Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]