It’s a Wonderful LIFO

Anew administration brings renewed efforts by lobbyists. The most important lobbyists for small businesses generally and retailers and jewelers specifically are the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the National Retail Federation, and Jewelers of America. “In these trying times, the needs of small business, especially, must be considered in Congress,” says Stephanie Cathcart, NFIB's senior media manager. “The 'Joe the plumber' phase of the election campaign turned the spotlight on them.” Here is the lobbyists' agenda for the 111th Congress. The economy. Most experts expect an economic stimulus bill to pass, probably in President Obama's first 100 days. The issue is what's in it. NRF wants direct relief for consumers, such as another round of tax rebate checks or suspension of payroll taxes. “We need short-term support for consumers, to put money into their po
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