What Are Corporations Doing With That Tax Windfall?

We are big fans of Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and were very pleased to see his new report on how CEOs spent the extra money from the Trump tax cut. The theory and the promise was that this money would trickle down to employees, consumers, and investors, and that it would be used to improve…

Trump and Warren are Both Wrong

Jesse Fried says that Senator Warren and President Trump both want to weaken shareholder oversight, Senator Warren with her legislative proposal and President Trump in asking the SEC to review elimination of quarterly reporting: In the absence of any solid evidence that shareholders harm firms, the case for weakening investors has been based on myths,…

Marco Rubio: Tax Bill ‘Probably Went Too Far’ On Corporate Handouts | HuffPost

[Senator Marco] Rubio expressed his reservations [about the Tax Legislation] in an interview with southwest Florida’s News-Press Thursday, noting he thinks Republicans probably gave corporations too much of a handout.“<P><P>If I were king for a day, this tax bill would have looked different,” he said. “I thought we probably went too far on [helping] corporations.”The…

Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs, They Enrich CEOs | The Nation

Though congressional Republicans and the White House rarely see eye-to-eye these days, they are united on the idea that cutting corporate taxes will spur an hiring boom that will reach down to the ordinary worker. A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies shows this isn’t true. US companies are already paying minimal amounts…

Campaign urges U.S. public pension funds to divest from owner of Trump hotel

Advocacy groups launched petitions and sent letters on Wednesday urging two of the biggest U.S. public pension funds to divest from an investment fund unless it stops paying one of President Donald Trump’s companies to run a New York hotel.<P><P>Reuters reported on April 26 that public pension funds in at least seven U.S. states periodically…

WSJ CFO Network, Washington 2017

The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Network gathering is always engaging and informative. This year VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow attended to appear at breakout sessions on board effectiveness and shareholder activism, and reported back on what she learned: The speakers included Senators John McCain on national security (he said his biggest fears are North Korea…