Election Outcome Worries Business Leaders
|By Kim Leonard, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Those problems won't go away soon, they said, urging the president and
<p> "We weren't really all that pleased about the way the election turned out," said CEO
Obama negotiated trade deals poorly in his first term because "he's afraid of a trade war, which is ridiculous," said Pfeifer, who plans to meet with
The president has "a big problem with fossil fuels" but green-energy alternatives aren't always practical, Pfeifer said, echoing frustrations other companies expressed about thousands of new and pending environmental and other regulations.
Coal and natural gas producer
Despite Obama's criticism of coal-fired power plants, Consol executives hold out hope for an energy policy that supports "responsible development" of coal and gas, she said.
"We're going to be seeing increased (power) generation and use of both natural gas and renewables," Spencer said, and nuclear energy could thrive. EverPower has 39 headquarters employees, two operating wind farms in
Even as the Obama administration promotes energy independence, some businesses predict more regulations with less access to federal land and water.
Officials with the
"There's a time for politicking and a time for governing" and constituents haven't seen much of the latter, said
"It's hard to imagine that as Americans we can't find innovative solutions to the core issues of the day," said
"Actions are louder than words," said Baker, 41. "Barack promised so much four years ago. Maybe he over-promised; he certainly under-delivered."
Baker's company, with 14 employees, sells its breads in more than 1,000 supermarkets in 18 states and expects to generate
Obama has said he proposed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, which cut taxes and made it easier to obtain federally guaranteed loans, to help small businesses. He also called for dropping the 35 percent corporate tax rate to 28 percent, and the rate for manufacturers to no more than 25 percent.
"The excuses are over," said
One tough decision is to finish writing regulations for the Affordable Care Act, Shivak said, so that "our businesses can understand what they need to do" about providing health insurance to employees.
"We're preparing to compete in the exchanges" the law established, spokesman
The state's hospitals supported the law because it will expand the number of insured people, said
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