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TGA Joins One Quarter of American Economy in Telling Congress to Stop the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT)


On February 28, the Americans for Affordable Products (AAP) coalition sent a letter to the Congressional leadership, expressing opposition to the House Republican plan for a border adjustment tax (BAT) as part of a larger proposed package of comprehensive tax reform. The AAP coalition has also announced that its membership, including TGA, has grown to more than 200 organizations representing nearly one out of every four U.S. jobs – more than 42 million in total. We need you – and all of your colleagues – to send as many emails as possible to convince Congress that the BAT tax is a bad idea. To contact your members of Congress, click here. It only takes a few minutes.

Retail Group Slams GOP Border Tax with SNL-Style Parody Commercial


NRF has created a humorous TV spot highlighting the damage a proposed border adjustment tax would do to U.S. retailers and consumers. The ad, which will run during "Fox and Friends" and "Saturday Night Live," features a high-energy pitchman who touts the ways the tax is designed to "make your disposable income – disappear!" READ MORE

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U.S. Keeps on Motoring, Sets Record of 3.2 Trillion Miles in 2016


Motorists drove a record 3.22 trillion miles on U.S. roads last year, a 2.8% rise from 2015 and the fifth consecutive year of year-over-year increases, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Motorists logged 263.6 billion miles on U.S roads in December, a 0.5% increase over the previous December, the DOT data showed. READ MORE

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Groups Revive Debate Over Passenger Fees for Airport Upgrades


Conservatives and libertarians are calling on Congress to lift the cap on the amount of money that airports can charge passengers to help pay for facility improvements. Airport groups have long pressed Washington to nearly double or fully remove the $4.50 limit on the fee that is added to every plane ticket, known as the Passenger Facility Charge. READ MORE

Airlines Aim to Trick Your Taste Buds at 30,000 Feet


Finally, beer may start tasting good at 30,000 feet. Airlines, which usually get a bad rap for bad food and so-so drinks, are starting in earnest to plug the sensory gap. They are aided by the knowledge that noise, low pressure, dry air, plastic cutlery and cups are also largely to blame for meals that taste less than appetizing. Studies have shown that those factors alter the way we taste things at high altitude compared to when we’re on the ground. READ MORE

3 Ways to Transform a Carry-On Bag into Smart Luggage


Do you have smart luggage envy? If so, buy a Bluesmart ($449 to $599) or Raden ($295 to $395). But if you still love your "dumb" suitcase, worry not. There are at least three ways to give your existing bag some smarts, at least when it comes to tracking it. READ MORE

Tourists to the U.S. Set a New Spending Record Last Year


International visitors to the U.S. spent more in 2016 than they did in 2015, despite the strength of the U.S. dollar against many foreign currencies and a slowing of international visitors. The $247.1 billion international travelers spent in the U.S. last year is a 0.4% increase from the $246.2 billion they spent in 2015, according to data from the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office. READ MORE

New Zealand Will Give You a Free Trip If You Agree to a Job Interview


The tech industry in Wellington, New Zealand, is actively looking to recruit tech experts from around the world – and they’re offering a free trip to the country for anyone who can prove their merit. The city is looking to bring in 100 new software developers, creative directors, product managers, analysts, and digital strategists from around the world to invigorate the country’s growing tech scene. READ MORE

The Most Dangerous Things to Tell Your Boss


An HR consultant offers terrific tips on how and what to share with your boss – and what may hinder career advancement in your field. READ MORE