Tag Archives: reform

Do business leaders have the guts for education reform?

Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase from three to five years the time it takes for new teachers to earn tenure seems reasonable. I’m glad Tennessee’s business community has stepped up to support the idea. However, a more important question is will the business community provide the same leadership on teacher compensation issues?

Talking about teacher pay isn’t going to be popular, given the budget cutting frenzy that grips Nashville — and other state capitals — these days. But it is a necessary discussion. The single, most important factor in providing a quality education is having a great teacher in every classroom. And to attract — and keep — the best teachers, we need to pay them like we mean it.

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Gordon Gekko VS Sen. Bob Corker

With financial regulation reform the next big thing coming out of Washington, I thought it would be fun to watch that oldie, but goodie — “Wall Street.” Great movie.

Michael Douglas as Wall Street raider Gordon Gekko delivered one of the classic lines of cinema history –“Greed, for the lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works.”

Gekko’s doublespeak carried the day in that scene, but by the end of the movie good triumphed over evil.

Will the same be said when the current battle over financial reform ends?

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Bosses, celebs and more on health care reform

Health care reform headlines from around the Web

BusinessWeek: Gross Says Health Care Reform to Raise Liabilities

RedEye, a Chicago Tribune publication: When celebrities Twitter: Thoughts on health care reform, plus some numbers you should know

CNNMoney: What your boss thinks of health care reform

RedOrbit: Health Care Reform To Impact Restaurants

FoxNews.com: Republicans Look to Voters for ‘Final Say’ on Health Care Reform

WashingtonPost.com: Poll: Health-care reform more popular after passage than before

 

Small biz and healthcare reform

Everybody has an opinion on healthcare reform. Here are some links to different takes on what reform means to business.

CNNmoney.com: What health care reform means for your small business

Inc. magazine Web site: What Health Care Reform Means for Your Business

National Federation of Independent Business: Healthcare

BusinessWeek: Experts Talk Health-Care Reform Bill Impact

If you have information on healthcare reform and its impact on business that you would like to share, please post a comment.

 

Investors eye healthcare companies

Investors are paying close attention to healthcare companies today following Sunday’s historic vote on the reform bill.

Barron’s Stocks to Watch blog notes that most health insurers are up in morning trading and offers a roundup of analysts comments about what it all means.

Among East Tennessee companies, shares of Knoxville-based phyisican-staffing company Team Health Holdings Inc., and Chattanooga-based insurance carrier Unum Group were both down slightly in late-morning trading.