A Change in the Collection of Sales Tax

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According to Slate, the Supreme Court dragged a bit of American tax law into the 21st century when they ruled that states could force all online retailers to collect sales taxes, even if they lack a physical presence there. Questions: 1. Do you think the ruling will change buying habits? Explain. 2. What case was… Read more »

RIP – Coca-Cola Quietly Snuffs out Diet Coke Variations

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If you were a fan of Diet Coke’s variations of lime, lemon, mango, orange, and cherry, they have been quietly phased out of stores and online. Questions: 1. When were the products launched? (click on the hyperlink in the article which says: “massive overhaul of Diet Coke”) 2. The move was made to attract millenials…. Read more »

The Naming of “Meat Grown in a Lab”

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The name of “meat grown in a lab” has not yet been decided by regulators, but has sparked a war of words between animal rights advocates and cattle ranchers. Questions: 1. What is the problem with calling it “Clean Meat”? 2. What has the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association done to eliminate problems for its producers in… Read more »

Move along now, no data here.

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Mick Mulvaney, the acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), told bankers that he is not required to post data on banking institutions that violate the rules or receive significant complaints. Questions: 1. Do you agree with the removal of these types of data from the government websites? Why or why not? 2…. Read more »

A Not-for-Profit Billion Dollar Business

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As the incident of the recent separation of some 2,300 migrant children from their families unfolded, we learned that the nonprofit, Southwest Key Programs, won more than $1 billion in federal contracts since 2015 to run shelters and/or provide other services to immigrant children in federal custody. Questions: 1. About how many contractors operate more… Read more »

Change is coming

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Change is coming for a small but blooming corner of the marijuana industry. Questions: 1. What is CBD? 2. Why will regulation change the industry? 3. What are some of the legal grey area with unregulated products? 4. What was the most interesting part of this article for you? Source: Brodwin, E. (2018). There’s a… Read more »

What could go wrong?

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General Motors and Volvo have partnered with Amazon to deliver packages to car trunks in 37 U.S. cities, as the e-commerce giant seeks new delivery methods for customers who may be wary of leaving packages outside or allowing couriers into their homes. Questions: 1. What are some of the security concerns? 2. This project follows… Read more »

The Gig’s Up….Maybe

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According to Ed Kilgore, California, has by virtue of a decision by its Supreme Court adopted perhaps the toughest standard in the country for employer treatment of its basic human capital as contractors. In particular, it affects the “gig economy” model, notably California-based enterprises like Uber and Lyft, which treat their drivers as independent contractors…. Read more »

Now you see it, now you don’t…Presto!

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According to Axios, there was a 17% drop in international students in the U.S. last year, mostly due to the 28% decline in Indian students and a 24% decline in Chinese students receiving visas. Questions: 1. Is the trend in international students attributable to President Trump’s immigration policy changes and rhetoric? Explain. 2. What are… Read more »

Cashing in

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According to Bloomberg.com, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai is about to have a very big week. Questions: 1. An award of 353,939 restricted shares he received before a promotion in 2014 will vest. What does this mean? 2. How big it the payout to this executive? 3. How did the award swell in value?… Read more »