Jan 28, 2019

Survey: Trump tax cuts had little impact on corporate investment, hiring

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The Trump administration's tax cuts, which kicked in at the start of 2018, did not seem to have a major effect on companies' plans for capital investment or hiring, according to a poll conducted by the National Association of Business Economics, reports Reuters.

Why it matters: The Trump administration predicted the tax cuts, which reduced the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35%, would stimulate business spending and job growth. Instead, 84% of corporate respondents said they had not changed their business plans due to the tax overhaul, compared to 81% in the organization's previous survey in October.

Go deeper: National deficit grew 20% last year, partially due to Trump tax cuts

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Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

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The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

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Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

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Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."