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Budget Resolution Could Mean Higher Taxes for Plastics Manufacturers

Suzanne Morgan, Senior Director, Government Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed a massive budget resolution framework (S. Con. Res. 14) for fiscal year 2022 without a single Republican vote. The framework calls for $3.5 trillion in new spending with much of the funding from higher taxes on corporations and small businesses. 

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What August Recess?

John Grant, Director, Government Affairs

After months of negotiations by a bipartisan group of Senators and the White House, an infrastructure package moved closer to reality when the Senate voted 69-30 to pass the hotly contested bill on August 10th. The measure now goes back to the House as the Senate amended a previously passed House version. 

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End of Session State Roundup

Shannon Crawford, Director, State Government Affairs

We have entered the final stretch for state legislation this year. California has one priority bill left standing and details are emerging now on next steps for enacted priority bills in other West Coast states. 

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Biden's Trade Policy Still Slow Out of the Gate

Suzanne Morgan, Senior Director, Government Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy

As reported in The Hopper at the beginning of the Biden Administration, the early focus of the Administration would be on domestic issues. This has held true for the past seven months as both the administration and Congress have focused on COVID relief, infrastructure reform, and a large budget reconciliation plan that includes Democratic party priorities and Joe Biden’s campaign promises.

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Knock! Knock! It's OSHA. And Opportunity.

Marie Gargas, Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs

Injury and illness rates overall are down in the plastics industry—that’s the great news. But with certain injuries persisting, lockout/tagout and machine guarding still among the most frequently cited standards, and OSHA planning to add inspectors, where might resources be directed?  

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