H-1B Increase Can’t Wait ‘Til Next Year

The beginning of April brings with it two Opening Days: baseball season and H-1B season.  Opening Day for baseball is a time when fans of every team can look forward to a season throughout which their team can do battle with the players they have assembled in order to have the best chance at success. …

Problems with Marketplace Fairness Act Still Need to be Addressed

Last Friday, during the Vote-O-Rama on the Senate’s FY 2014 Budget Resolution, the Senate voted to approve an amendment offered by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) regarding the online sales tax issue. Sen. Durbin announced “75 U.S. Senators showed their support for the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013,” and characterized the amendment as “an amendment summarizing the bill.” Many…

What’s So Fair About the Marketplace Fairness Act?

On February 14, another version of the Marketplace Fairness Act was introduced in the House and Senate. Like its previous incarnations in past Congresses, this bill would give states the authority to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales and use taxes on purchases made to residents of their states — regardless of physical presence…

Online Sales Tax Collection and Physical Presence

Last year, CCIA consistently opposed efforts to pass legislation that would force online retailers to collect sales and use taxes regardless of physical presence.  Last month, we opposed an attempt in the lame duck session to attach such a bill to the defense authorization bill.  In light of such back door efforts, as well as…

Immigration and Entrepreneurship Discussed at AEI Book Forum

The American Enterprise Institute’s book forum titled “Better Capitalism: Reviving America’s Entrepreneurial Engine” today featured Robert E. Litan and Carl J. Schramm, the authors of the book “Better Capitalism: Renewing the Entrepreneurial Strength of the American Economy.”  One of the issues discussed was the need to revamp immigration policies for highly skilled immigrants. As part of a…

Encouragement Amid Disappointment on STEM Visas

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 6429, the STEM Jobs Act, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, which would increase access to green cards for foreign graduates of U.S. universities with advanced degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields by creating a new green card category of up to 55,000…