Author Archive | Mike Ballard

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Ascent Loves Our Vegas Golden Knights

More than a year ago, our hockey team didn’t exist.   There were no players under contract but the team’s leadership had a plan. Apparently what’s supposed to happen for any professional expansion team is that it takes years to groom talent. Years of miserable seasons as established teams of veterans run roughshod over them. […]

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New Research on Rent Control Confirms Negative Impacts

Rent control policies are laws that limit or cap rents and are usually implemented for the purpose of improving housing affordability.  Like many other instances where government leaders try to manipulate economic principles, these laws do just the opposite.  The National Multihousing Council (NMHC) just published an in-depth review of academic research on the issue […]

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What McDonald’s Teaches Us About A Smooth-Running Operation

I recently watched the movie The Founder on Netflix, starring Michael Keaton.  The Founder is a compelling story about American inspiration, ambition and greed. Love it or hate it, McDonald’s is one of America’s most recognized brand names and greatest success stories. Its success is partly because of its ability to streamline its operations and give […]

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CDFI Fund Awards $3.5 Billion in NMTCs

On Tuesday, February 13th, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit allocation to 73 community development entities throughout the country. Based on the terms of the awards, it is expected that approximately $2.47 billion of allocation will be deployed to support businesses in […]

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Energy Tax Credit Renewed Retroactively

President Donald Trump signed a major budget deal into law early Friday morning, February 9, hours after Congress voted to end a brief government shutdown overnight. This budget bill also retroactively extends numerous tax breaks that had previously expired. The majority of the tax breaks included in the bill are renewed for one year through […]

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