North Dakota is an energy-rich state, with abundant coal, oil and wind resources as well as a growing biofuels sector. This week on “America’s Business,” host Mike Hambrick visits with N.D. Governor John Hoeven, who this year won passage of a legislative package advancing energy infrastructure, research and development. Education and training to fix the “skills gap” are other keys to improving the business climate, the Governor explains.
Also addressing the need for domestic energy supply is Jim Martin, president of the 60 Plus Association, speaking out for senior citizens as consumers. Jim touches on taxes, too, calling for the elimination of the punitive “death tax.”
The U.S. Senate will soon consider the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, the “card check” bill pushed by big labor to eliminate secret-ballot elections in the workplace. Refuting union claims that the bill is needed for “democracy” is James Sherk, a labor scholar at the Heritage Foundation.
In Washington recently to speak up for equipment manufacturers were plant managers for Case New Holland, who met with members of Congress and Administration officials about trade, the Employee Free Choice Act and energy. Mike talks to two of the delegation, Steve Tyler and Bret Lieberman, for a debriefing.
Our continuing series on women in manufacturing features Leslie Longoria, president of Form Cove Manufacturing Co., a home-furnishings manufacturer in Rio Rancho, N.M. Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership names the winners and losers in the world of tort reform, and the NAM’s Hank Cox delves into history with “The Way it Was.” NAM President John Engler closes with his “The Last Word” commentary, promoting a new coalition, Health IT Now!
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