In 2010, 4.2 million more people worked at home than a decade before, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Home-Based Workers in the United States: 2010 contains findings from the Survey of Income and Program Participation and the American Community Survey. According to the Survey, the number of people who worked at home at least one day per week increased from 9.5 million in 1999 to 13.4 million in 2010, increasing from 7.0 percent to 9.5 percent of all workers. The largest increase occurred between 2005 and 2010, when the share grew from 7.8 percent to 9.5 percent of all workers, an increase of more than 2 million.
The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are launching a strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs over the age of 50 who want to start or grow a small business. Through SBA’s online training courses and its nationwide network of business mentors and counselors, the two organizations expect to train 100,000 “encore entrepreneurs,” men and women over 50 who are starting or running a small business.
In 2010, state and local governments brought in nearly $3.2 trillion in revenue, a 51.4 percent ($1.1 trillion) increase from 2009, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. Revenue from the federal government increased 16.1 percent from $537.2 billion to $623.7 billion between 2009 and 2010.
These findings come from the 2010 Annual Surveys of State and Local Government Finances, which include statistics on revenues (including taxes), expenditures, debt and assets (cash and security holdings) for state and local governments.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) has released the expanded 2012 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State. CEI Vice President for Policy Wayne Crews authors the report every year to draw attention to the "hidden tax" of regulations—-a cost often imposed not by legislators, but by unelected federal bureaucrats.
Today's weaker-than expected jobs numbers highlight the role overregulation plays in hampering job growth. As the Dodd-Frank law, which has produced scores of regulations costing the economy at least $7 billion a year, approaches its second anniversary, a new study focusing on Georgia provides further evidence that this supposed Wall Street "reform" is having devastating effects on Main Street businesses and jobs.
Friends of the Earth and other environmental groups are not happy with President Barack Obama's new focus on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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