Tax Preferential “Opportunity Zones” Begin Sprouting Throughout States

June 13, 2019 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Many state lawmakers and investors are familiar with enterprise zones – undeveloped or impoverished areas where tax incentives are offered to encourage investment and economic development – as the concept has been around for nearly 40 years. In that time every state has implemented enterprise zones, allowing investors to gain […]

Prescription Drug Pricing Goes Bipartisan

May 14, 2019 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business Over the past several years, the focus on healthcare policy in both state capitols and the media has shifted largely towards curbing the rise of prescription drug prices. Legislators, emboldened by news stories of skyrocketing prices for brand name and generic drugs, have been tackling the issue head on, in […]

One Year Later, Teachers Still Striking for Wage Increases

April 8, 2019 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business A little over one year ago teachers across the nation began going on strike to protest chronically low wages, budget cuts, class sizes, and deteriorating schools and infrastructure. In the wake of the great recession and its associated across-the-board spending cuts, education budgets have failed to recover to the extent […]

More States Ask, “Where’s The Beef?”

March 11, 2019 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Company A few years after “ag-gag” bills swept the nation; a new type of agriculture protection bill is now finding favor in farm-heavy state legislatures. This time, the debate boils down to a single word and how it may be used: meat. In recent years, alternative meat products – either made […]

Vermont’s Town Meeting Day Tradition

March 4, 2019 | Uncategorized

I’m just going to say it. I love Town Meeting Day (TMD). Like, really love it. The sense of community. The potluck lunch (arguably one of the best meals all year). Listening to your neighbors disagree vehemently about whether the town should splash out on a new road grader. TMD can feel like the epitome […]