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U.S. Drove 13 Percent Fewer Miles in 2020

February 25, 2021 | Comments Off on U.S. Drove 13 Percent Fewer Miles in 2020

According to new preliminary estimates by the Federal Highway Administration, Americans drove 13 percent fewer miles in 2020 than in 2019. In urban areas, miles driven dropped by 14.1 percent, and there was an 11 percent drop in rural areas. In total, Americans drove 3.3 trillion miles in 2019 and 2.83 trillion miles in 2020.…

Biden Administration Announces Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

February 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Biden Administration Announces Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program

This morning, President Biden announced tweaks to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that are intended to focus loans to the smallest businesses that may have been left behind in previous iterations of the program. The most significant of these changes is a 14-day period beginning Wednesday, February 24 when only businesses with fewer than 20…

House Small Business Committee Proposes Increase in PPP Funds

February 10, 2021 | Comments Off on House Small Business Committee Proposes Increase in PPP Funds

The U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee released their economic stimulus plan proposal this week. Included in the plan is increased eligibility for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Additionally, the proposal allocates an additional $7.25 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, elevating the total program level to $813.7 billion.…

U.S. House Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on PPP

February 5, 2021 | Comments Off on U.S. House Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on PPP

The U.S. Small Business Committee this week held a hearing entitled “State of the Small Business Economy in the Era of COVID-19”. During the hearing, lawmakers questioned four witnesses: Sharon Pinder, President and CEO of the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, Stephen Shoaps, owner of Strother Cinema in Oklahoma, Robert Fairlie, a professor of…

ASA Signs Letter Opposing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021

February 4, 2021 | Comments Off on ASA Signs Letter Opposing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021

This morning, ASA signed onto a letter sent by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) to the U.S. Congress opposing the Raise the Wage Act of 2021. This legislation, if passed, would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next five years. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), raising…

ASA Urges the U.S. Congress to Pursue Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

February 3, 2021 | Comments Off on ASA Urges the U.S. Congress to Pursue Autonomous Vehicle Legislation

Today, the Coalition for Future Mobility (CFM), a group that includes the Automotive Service Association and 44 other auto industry stakeholders, sent a letter to the U.S. Congress encouraging the support of autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation this year. In the letter, CFM urged the U.S. Congress to establish a federal framework for the development of…

Automakers Withdrawal from California Emissions Litigation

February 2, 2021 | Comments Off on Automakers Withdrawal from California Emissions Litigation

The Coalition for Sustainable Automotive Regulation (CSAR), a coalition of automakers including Toyota Motor Corp., Fiat Chrysler, and Hyundai, announced this morning their withdrawal from an emissions lawsuit between California and the federal government. The group of automakers have been defending the federal government in their petition to revoke California’s Clean Air Waiver.   California’s…

OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance

February 1, 2021 | Comments Off on OSHA Releases New COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guidance

Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released new guidance on mitigating and preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. These guidelines come after President Joe Biden’s January 21 executive order on “Protecting Worker Health and Safety”. The new guidelines include a recommendation to wear face coverings in the office, as well…

Analysis: Electric Vehicle Adoption

January 28, 2021 | Comments Off on Analysis: Electric Vehicle Adoption

The Biden administration has made it clear that environmental reform and fighting climate change will be a top policy issue for the next four years. A central tenet of new environmental policy is likely to be a push for electric and zero-emission vehicles. Read an analysis of electric vehicle adoption here.

President Biden Signs Executive Order on the Climate Crisis

January 27, 2021 | Comments Off on President Biden Signs Executive Order on the Climate Crisis

President Biden signed today an “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad”. This executive order is the first step in the Biden administration’s sweeping plans for environmental reform over the next four years. In the order, President Biden reiterates his goal of for a carbon-free electricity sector in the United States…

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