That’s not merely a metaphorical claim, many studies have shown that “people who identify as Democrat or Republican desire neighborhoods with people who share their political preferences.” We are literally segregating ourselves from individuals with whom we disagree.
That’s a shame, and it’s bad for our democracy. Instead of avoiding difficult conversations we should be respectfully and constructively engaging with each other when it’s appropriate. If we listen, really listen, to each other we will all be better for it.
When I need to be reminded about how to listen, I go back to this phenomenal TED talk from Celeste Headlee. She shares 10 useful rules on how to talk, and listen, to each other. You can also review her article here if you can’t watch the video.
In her own words, “I’m not so naïve as to believe that conversations can solve the world’s problems, but I can say with confidence that not having those conversations makes those problems significantly worse.”
I couldn’t agree more and revisit this advice frequently. With that in mind, let’s review what’s happening locally, in Springfield, and in Washington that will affect your business.
Internet Sales Tax
The United States Supreme Court announced their decision in SDvWayfair. In a significant departure from prior precedent the Supreme Court ruled that “internet retailers can be required to collect sales tax in states where [the retailer has] no physical presence.” There are weighty implications to this decision so please stay tuned for more information.
Immigration has been the biggest news story of the cycle, but the business implications are under reported. The US Chamber of Commerce released a powerful statement on the separation of families at the border, saying “There is no other way to say it, this is not who we are and it must end now.” President Trump signed an executive order to end the practice on Wednesday.
Also at issue is a potential reform to the immigration system with two competing bills likely to be voted on in the House on Thursday. The status is very unclear as the two bills are very different, with one proposal supported by immigration hardliners and a potential compromise bill that is “not ready for prime time today.”
With the announcement of tariffs on aluminum and steel, President Trump struck United States trading partners with costly burdens on trade. Europe will be striking back on Friday with their own tariffs on American goods. Everyone in the supply chain will be affected, including local car dealers that sell products made from steel and aluminum.
The Illinois General Assembly is not currently in session. Spring Session Adjourned on May 31, 2018.
5th Avenue Development
The Naperville City Council voted in favor of continuing the 5th Avenue Development process with Ryan Companies on Tuesday, June 19. The NACC spoke in favor of the continuation and in favor of a smart development that provides the region greater opportunity to live, work, and play right here in Naperville. The vote was unanimous.
The Naperville City Council also voted in favor of a modified Naperville Animal Protection Act on Thursday, June 19. The NACC spoke in favor of the ordinance. The vote was unanimous on the modified ordinance.
Next Legislative Forum
The Next Legislative Forum will be held on July 9, at 11:30 AM, here at the NACC offices. Will Your Business be Swept up in the Pension Tsunami will be a frank conversation with Ted Dabrowski, President of Wirepoints, about the unfunded pension liability in Illinois.
He argues that the sooner we acknowledge we have a debt crisis, the sooner we can solve it. And he has some very interesting ideas about what we can do specifically to save Illinois, and consequently our local businesses from financial ruin. Please join us as we hope to become more active on Pension Reform for the coming legislative cycle and need your input.
Your voice matters. Register Now!