Important Work for Washington Policymakers, and Giving Back to the Community

united-states-capital-building.jpg.jpeg As we shift out of recess mode and head back to work, Congress is returning to Washington with important matters that FedEx hopes will be addressed to move our economy and our country forward.

We are encouraged by the momentum on Capitol Hill and within the administration on some of these issues, including corporate tax reform, transportation, and free trade agreements.

It is essential Congress act soon to overhaul our cumbersome corporate tax code –the least competitive and most complex in the developed world. We must lower corporate tax rates in order to spur capital investment, productivity, and create jobs. Policymakers of all political stripes agree something must be done to lower corporate taxes, and now is the time.

The State of Our Union – Action Needed

govt master_k12781_blog.jpg In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious agenda to overhaul the U.S. tax code, produce more domestic and alternative energy, rebuild our infrastructure and expand international trade. This endeavor must start with the long overdue task of restructuring the corporate tax code, stuck at 39 percent for far too long (35% federal + 4% state) and putting American companies at a competitive disadvantage versus our economic peers.

Closing the Achievement Gap can Strengthen our STEM Workforce

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Today, I had the opportunity to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Science and Technology Brainstrust event hosted by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas).

Challenging Congress (and You) to Outfit Unemployed

dressforsuccess.png The unemployment rate is 8.2%. I’ll bet you want to do something about it – and you can. Here is a simple action item. Go through your closet, pull out all of the professional attire you don’t wear – suits, shoes, accessories, and give it to someone who has landed a job interview but cannot afford professional interview clothing due to the very fact that they are not employed.

Sustaining the Dream of Equality of Opportunity

mlkmemorial.jpg ...Diversity can be a source of strength for any society that embraces it. In my own experience, I’ve found that people from different backgrounds bring unique insights. They are far more likely to understand the broader implications of a policy or business decision because of an enhanced, or even a different, perspective.

As a result, they are able to generate more, often better and creative solutions to the problems we face as a business and as participants in our larger society...