The federal government released new jobless figures today showing an additional 2.4 million Americans sought unemployment aid in the last week. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, more than 38 million Americans have filed unemployment claims over the past nine weeks. As part of the CARES Act enacted in March, Congress gave people filing for… Read more »

The North Carolina Legislature is considering legislation that would broaden the state sales tax to include digital content offered by associations and other businesses. Associations offering on-demand webinars and other products in a digital form that aren’t free could be impacted by the bill. Certification tests would not be subject to the tax although online… Read more »

President Trump and Republican leaders are banking on states lifting COVID-19 restrictions to propel economic recovery and ease pressure for another round of legislative stimulus. Since passing the CARES Act in March, congressional Republicans have wanted to pause on another coronavirus relief package to gauge the impact of existing relief measures. Senate Majority Leader Mitch… Read more »

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, introduced legislation today to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Rubio had been optimistic about the Senate taking the bill up today before a Memorial Day recess but the vote did not happen. Rubio said there is bipartisan support for extending the current eight-week… Read more »

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) has invited ASAE members to support Exhibitions Day 2020, now in its seventh year.  IAEE hosts this annual event and, due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions and physical distance protocols, is planning for a virtual day of action on June 3rd. Whether you are new to advocacy or… Read more »