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Articles by Alfredo Ortiz

The Top Three New Challenges Facing Small Business

The rate of business starts is hovering near the lowest level in recorded history on a per capita basis. More businesses closed than were opened at the beginning of this decade for the first time in a generation. Why are things so bad right now?

A general view of atmosphere at Small Business Saturday Night on November 29, 2014 in New York City.

Follow Ireland’s Example on Corporate Tax to Stop Inversions

Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate has encouraged several major U.S. companies like Medtronic, Pfizer, Johnson Controls, and Baxalta to move there in tax inversions in recent months, saving them billions of dollars of taxes and protecting themselves from international competition in the process.

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks provides a copy of the u.s tax code during a campaign stop at an Embassy Suites hotel on June 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Is The Unemployment Rate Lying To You?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is out with its February jobs report, showing that the unemployment rate is 4.9 percent—a post-recession low.

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Putting First Jobs on the Chopping Block

Many successful Americans from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins have spoken glowingly about their first job in the workforce. Mayer was a cashier at a grocery story in her home state of Wisconsin, where bagging groceries instilled a “great work ethic” and taught her the art of efficiency. Cousins picked up golf balls at a Michigan driving range, which showed him how to live on a budget and save for the future.

Help Wanted' sign is posted in the window of an automotive service shop on March 8, 2013 in El Cerrito, California.

‘Working Americans Credit’ Gets Bipartisan Support

President Obama and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disagree on a lot. But both support expanding one of the most successful government programs in history: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to help working Americans.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., listens as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew defends President Barack Obama's new budget proposals, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. Rep. Ryan, who agrees with Obama on extending the earned income tax credit to more workers without children, says …

What The New York Times Gets Wrong on Tax Inversions

Companies keep leaving the United States for greener pastures. Over the past decade, more than 50 U.S. companies have participated in so-called tax inversion and moved their corporate headquarters overseas.

The logo of Johnson Controls stands over its production plant on March 1, 2009 in Hanover, Germany.

Pull the Curtain Back on Hidden Taxes

As we all start to get our W-2s and interest statements, we start to realize how much money the government takes directly out of our paychecks. While it is often shocking to see it added up for one year–to quote Rachel from Friends–“who’s is FICA and why is he getting all my money?”–it is important that we not forget all the hidden taxes we pay on everything from cellphone bills to alcohol.

J. D. Montgomery holds a sign on the street outside of the James C. Corman Federal Building encouraging motorist to express their anger at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on their final day to file 2005 income taxes on April 17, 2006 in Van Nuys, California. Montgomery says he has …

Minimum Wage, Minimum Opportunity

Behind closed doors the company gave its reason: the city’s $11.50 minimum wage, which may rise to an untenable $15 this November. This decision puts the debate over the role of entry-level jobs and how they are paid back in the news. The bottom line: entry-level jobs need entry-level wages. The government can mandate wages but it can’t mandate companies to stay open.

Walmart employee Douglas C. Pizac, Associated Press

Omnibus Spending Bill Fails Job Creators

Not included in the bipartisan omnibus spending package was a proposed rider blocking the “joint employer” standard—a rule recently introduced by the unelected bureaucrats at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that redefines what an employer is under labor law. This new standard would upend the wildly successful franchise system that has allowed millions of Americans—especially minorities—to pursue the American Dream.

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How to Actually Stop Tax Inversions

To stop tax inversions and create billions of dollars’ worth of economic opportunity in the process, policymakers must invert their thinking on this issue. Sensible tax reform, not more taxes and regulations, is the answer.

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks provides a copy of the u.s tax code during a campaign stop at an Embassy Suites hotel on June 29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

November Jobs Numbers Show Problems In Labor Market

The labor market is not nearly as rosy as some would have us believe. Looking beyond the topline numbers in the government’s report shows that wage growth and hours worked are still stagnant. Average weekly earnings declined to $871.13 from $872.27 last month, partially a result of weekly hours worked declining from 34.6 to 34.5. The number of people employed part time who would like to work full time increased by a whopping 319,000, reaching 6.1 million.

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Manufacturing Employment

Manufacturing, which comprises 12.1 percent of gross domestic product and provides millions of good jobs, appears to be in a recession. Key indicators like the Empire State manufacturing index and ISM index are at lows that collectively point to the worst manufacturing climate since March 2009. Recent job reports show monthly shedding of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs lost and a significant decline in the average length of the workweek.

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We’re Just Not That Into You Part 3: Medicaid Expansion

But before ACA proponents break out the champagne, they should consider another statistic: The number of Americans on Medicaid programs increased by 10.8 million between October 2013 when open enrollment under the ACA began and December 2014, according to (Over 70 million Americans – about one in five – are now enrolled in Medicaid, double the number enrolled in 2000.)

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Regulations Hurt Job Creation

Ask most business owners and they’ll tell you: complicated, burdensome regulations are one of the biggest impediments to job growth. But instead of cutting through this job-killing red tape, employers are only getting entangled in it further.

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Ortiz: Work On Washington’s Schedule, Or Else

But politicians and regulators, beholden to labor unions threatened by this new economy, are waging a full-fledged assault on job creators who don’t conform to their concept of “work.” Their latest front is the so-called “Schedules That Work Act,” recently introduced in Congress.

Tech workers (Oli Scarff / Getty)

Ortiz: Overtime Rule Would Hurt More Than Help

According to a study by Oxford Economics, the overtime rule will cost businesses about $5.2 billion to comply. In order to absorb these costs and stay in business, some employers would be forced to reduce benefits, promotions, and job opportunities. This will hurt the very people – the young and less-skilled looking for higher incomes – which the rule intends to help.

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Ortiz: CFPB Shows Hypocrisy in Crackdown on Lenders

The CFPB has been given a near-blank check of power due to the extreme lack of oversight that currently exists. Unlike almost every other federal agency, the CFPB gets its funding directly from the Federal Reserve, which makes the organization less accountable to the American people.


Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare Means It’s Time for Congress to Step Up

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its King v. Burwell decision, essentially arguing the law’s language stating that exchanges must be “established by the state” (i.e. not by the federal government) is just one of many examples of “inartful drafting” in the law’s text.