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    1. Senate Democrats Eye Taxes on Stock Buybacks, Excess CEO Pay

      Senate Democrats Eye Taxes on Stock Buybacks, Excess CEO Pay

      Senate Democrats are discussing a wider range of tax proposals than President Joe Biden has proposed, including levies on stock buybacks, carbon emissions and executive compensation, as part of a package of measures to help fund a ramping up in social spending. One idea is applying an excise tax on stock buybacks or treating them as taxable dividends to shareholders, according to two people familiar with Senate Finance Committee discussions...

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    2. A Coronavirus Vaccine Rooted in a Government Partnership is Fueling Financial Rewards for Company Executives

      A Coronavirus Vaccine Rooted in a Government Partnership is Fueling Financial Rewards for Company Executives

      As shares of biotech firm Moderna soared in May to record highs on news that its novel coronavirus vaccine showed promise in a clinical trial, the nation’s senior securities regulator was asked on CNBC about news reports that top executives had been selling their stock in the company...

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    3. Eight Corporate Jets: What Is This, the ‘80s?

      Eight Corporate Jets: What Is This, the ‘80s?

      The activist investors are on the tarmac at Emerson Electric Co.  D.E. Shaw Group on Tuesday released a letter calling for the $42 billion industrial company to spin off its climate division and make productivity and corporate-governance improvements, including culling its fleet of eight corporate jets and a helicopter. The public pressure follows reports late last month that D.E. Shaw was seeking a breakup of the company and Emerson’s subsequent announcement that it would review its operations....

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    4. Group of Top CEOs says Maximizing Shareholder Profits No Longer can be the Primary Goal of Corporations

      Group of Top CEOs says Maximizing Shareholder Profits No Longer can be the Primary Goal of Corporations

      The new statement, released Monday by the Business Roundtable -- whose members are CEOs of America’s largest companies -- suggests balancing the needs of a company’s various constituencies and comes at a time of widening income inequality, rising expectations for corporate behavior and proposals from Democratic lawmakers that aim to restructure American capitalism...

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