2012 29 Aug

FORTUNE — By diluting a range of securities regulations, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act is designed to help growing companies access capital with greater ease. The law’s boosters describe it as essential to job creation; its critics decry it as a recipe for stock fraud. David Thomson was in the former camp, and argued that a small number of fast-growing public companies have had an outsize impact on U.S. economic growth. Thomson was quietly crucial to the JOBS Act. Michael Ference, a senior policy aide to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, says that it was Thomson’s research that led to the law. Tragically, Thomson will not get to see if the law works. He died Aug. 8 after a heart attack. He was 58.Remembering+the+man+behind+the+JOBS+Act

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2011 31 Aug

As Congress looks for things to cut, it’s worth noting that green jobs are one of the few bright spots in otherwise dim economic news. The solar industry employed an estimated 93,000 workers in 2010, and that number is expected to reach 120,000 this year, according to the nonprofit Solar Foundation. The American Wind Energy Association reports that there are now 75,000 jobs in the wind industry. Many of the new jobs can be linked to various federal subsidies and tax credits that target renewable energy. But now the ever-more-strapped Congress may let the subsidies and tax credits die, especially the Treasury’s 1603 program that provides direct cash grants to alternative-energy projects — and is due to expire at the end of 2011.Washington%27s+green+jobs+killing+act

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2010 28 May

For the nation’s unemployed, here we go again.Jobless+benefits+to+expire+as+lawmakers+fail+to+act

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