This Week on America’s Business

By May 4, 2007General

Americas Business with Mike HambrickThe 400th anniversary of the English settlement at Jamestown also marks the 400th anniversary of manufacturing (glass blowing and exporting) in America, and this week, “America’s Business” joins the quadricentennial celebrations. Host Mike Hambrick interviews George Allen, who as Virginia’s governor in 1997 started the commemorations rolling. We’ll also hear from Brian McNelis, plant manager of the Williamsburg Brewery of Anheuser-Busch, one of the major sponsors of the Jamestown events.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, stops by “America’s Business” for an exclusive interview on the Employee Free Choice Act, which would do away with secret-ballot elections when unions attempt to organize a workplace. The public overwhelmingly opposes the legislation, which is in direct conflict with America’s democratic principles, McConnell says.

Corporate philanthropy is alive and well in America, and manufacturers are among the most generous contributors. This week “America’s Business” begins a series of reports on corporate giving. Mike talks to Matthew Nelson, managing director of corporate services for the Council on Foundations, and Ian Wilhelm, a reporter for the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

And we continue the multi-part interview with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who discusses taxation and education reform.

Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership looks at the latest in baseless court cases. In our regular segments, we hear Mike Gordon of Tendon Manufacturing of Cleveland on “The Soapbox”; the NAM’s Hank Cox recalls the “Way it Was”; and NAM President John Engler closes with his “The Last Word” commentary, describing the potential in clean-coal technology.

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