Oct 31, 2017

Venture capital's wish list for GOP tax plan

Rep. Kevin Grady (R-TX), chair of the House Ways & Means Committee

Justin Field, VP of government affairs for the National Venture Capital Association, talks to Axios about what he's hoping for when the House GOP unveils its plan tomorrow.

Broad stokes: "There has been a lot of talk about making existing large companies and small businesses more competitive, but we also want focus on how tax reform can increase startup formation."

VC wish list:

  • Retain existing tax treatment of carried interest.
  • Improve R&D tax credits for startups.
  • Create safe harbor for startups from net operating loss limitation rules.
  • Simplify qualified small biz stock rules.

Horror story: Anything that reminds the NVCA of the plan put forth in 2014 by former GOP Congressman Dave Camp.

Money matters: The NVCA's political action committee donated $5,000 to Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), who is leading the House GOP's tax-writing group, this past March.

Go deeper: Axios' Caitlin Owens reports on how the Senate's plan is shaping up. Worth noting that both chambers seem to be warming to the idea of phasing in that 20% corporate rate.

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The EU makes its move on a green coronavirus recovery

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The European Commission this morning proposed a $825 billion package of economic responses to the coronavirus pandemic that includes financing for renewable energy, electric vehicle charging and other emissions-friendly projects.

Why it matters: The energy components of the "Next Generation EU" plan, part of a wider multi-year budget proposal, appear to be the most substantial attempt yet to stitch low-carbon investments into economic recovery plans.

Zipline drones deliver masks to hospitals; vaccines could be next

Zipline's drone drops medical supplies via parachute. Image courtesy of Zipline.

Zipline, a California drone company, has made its U.S. debut by delivering medical supplies to hospitals in North Carolina under a pilot program honed in Africa.

Why it matters: The effort, made possible by a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to Novant Health, is the nation's longest-range drone delivery operation and could demonstrate how drones could be used in future pandemics, Zipline officials said.

NHL unveils 24-team playoff plan to return from coronavirus hiatus

Data: NHL; Table: Axios Visuals

The NHL unveiled its return-to-play plan on Tuesday, formally announcing that 24 of its 31 teams will return for a playoff tournament in two hub cities, if and when medically cleared.

Why it matters: Hockey is the first major North American sports league to sketch out its plans to return from a coronavirus-driven hiatus in such detail, and it's also the first one to officially pull the plug on its regular season, which will trigger ticket refunds.