A new study by the Convention Industry Council highlights the importance of the meetings industry to the American economy. The study, which ASAE cosponsored with other associations, shows that meetings and conventions support 1.7 million jobs nationwide.
Despite momentum over the past few weeks towards 1099 repeal, partisan politics has prevented a definite path for repeal. The majority party in both chambers have their own repeal legislative vehicles, and neither has the support of the other chamber’s minority party.
A House committee hearing yesterday showed bipartisan support for repealing the 1099 legislation.
The organization that controls Internet domain names is set to open their application process for new generic top-level domains, and the consequences for associations could be quite serious. An article in today’s Washington Post highlights the controversy surrounding ICANN’s new gTLD application process.
The Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment that would repeal the new 1099 requirement. However, even in the bipartisan vote, Democrats and Republicans argued for credit, showing how partisanship could delay the requirement’s repeal.