Opinion

Anid: Time for a cyberskills ‘GI Bill’ at the college level

By NADA MARIE ANID // Colleges and universities are in crisis mode. The digital age continues to transform disciplines – dissolving some, merging and reconfiguring others. A highly trained and college-educated workforce, one grounded in the ethics of how to best harness new technologies to benefit humanity, is needed more than ever to tackle issues such as cyberwarfare and artificial intelligence. However, higher education is an expense close to, or greater than, the cost of…

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Tax update 2018: ‘Cuts and Jobs Act’ will hit LI hard

By TIMOTHY McHALE // At first glance, the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act seems to hit Long Island – and all high-tax areas – pretty hard. One reason: Many businesses on Long Island are pass-through entities in the service sector, which do not qualify for the reduced corporate rate or the additional pass-through deductions. Pass-through entities, with the exception of service industries, are allowed a deduction (subject to limitations) that effectively taxes their…


Mobile, VR will top ‘smart’ 2018 tech trends

By MITCH MAIMAN // Technology has become such a pervasive part of our home and work life that for many of us, it’s hard to sort out the fads from the tech with lasting value. This will help: A few tech trends that defined 2017 – and will be developed even further in the coming year. Artificial intelligence and machine learning This area has been greatly hyped and has continued to get more advanced, with…


TCJA: Too soon to panic (but not to start planning)

By TIMOTHY McHALE and ED McWILLIAMS // Finally, after months of fanfare and blueprints (and endless requests from our managing partner, Ken Cerini, to put out content on what a potential Republican tax plan would mean for our clients), the House Ways and Means Committee has released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. While previously released frameworks offered few details, the TCJA comes in at a robust 429 pages – worthy of a seismic shift…


Leibowitz: Congratulations, RGGI, now hit the gas

By HEATHER LEIBOWITZ // Officials and stakeholders from nine northeastern states gathered this week in Baltimore to discuss a new plan to cut pollution from power plants by another 30 percent by 2030 – an improvement of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, building on the RGGI’s success by further limiting pollution and investing more in energy efficiency and renewables. The nine states – New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont,…


Leibowitz: Greenhouse Gas plan needs more initiative

By HEATHER LEIBOWITZ // On Aug. 23, nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states announced a proposal to cut power plant pollution by at least 30 percent between 2021 and 2030, strengthening what is already the best regional clean-air and climate-protection program in the country, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. But while states are moving in a positive direction, the proposal falls short of what’s needed to truly tackle the climate crisis. This program limits dangerous pollution…


For managers, a primer on dealing with the dog days

By KEN CERINI // During the winter, when it’s cold and dark, people don’t mind being indoors and getting work done. But in the summer, when the weather and the sunshine are calling, how do you keep your employees motivated and focused? I don’t know about you, but during the summer, I don’t want to be cooped up behind a desk any more than my staff does. The goal is to find ways to balance…