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house Bill H.R. 1343

Should it be Easier for Growing Companies to Offer Employees Stock?

Argument in favor

Many companies use stock compensation as a tool to incentivize their workers, but reporting requirements for issuing stock beyond a certain level can act as a deterrent. Raising the threshold from $5 million to $10 million will make it easier to do so.

MJDalio's Opinion
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04/04/2017
Frankly I am fed up with government micromanagement of the private sector companies. The government is incapable of managing anything without screwing it up. The reason our country is stagnant is because over the past 16 years of Bush then Obama the intrusion by government into the private sector expanded. Anything the government touches other than military it damages.
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04/04/2017
Yes. There are many benefits. Giving employees stock options gives them a sense of ownership. They'll be more devoted and work harder to improve profitability. It's also a relatively cost effective way for companies to reward their employees. More owned stock is goof for stock prices, and companies gain additional brand appeal.
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Kaleb's Opinion
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04/04/2017
Absolutely. I don't see why not, especially if they're helping to build it. That sounds like capitalism at its genuine finest right there.
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Argument opposed

Lower thresholds and the reporting requirements that go with them help ensure proper oversight and avoid questionable business practices. Besides, a company shouldn’t be issuing stock if its not willing to open its books and be forthright.

Leo's Opinion
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04/03/2017
Lack of disclosure makes it very easy for corporations to fool the public into buying poor investments.
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Mohamed's Opinion
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04/04/2017
This is nonsense, the bill's sponsor wants you to believe that there are all these "hard working" people harmed by the current policy. The change really only benefits company owners by exposing them to less oversight from the SEC. As we have seen in the past even large companies with lots of resources and oversight engage in chicanery when it comes to compensation through stocks. This is likely even higher when you're talking about small companies who have less oversight from institutional investors. Oversight is forgotten when times are good, it's for the bad times that we have it.
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LFR2D2's Opinion
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04/04/2017
I am opposed to this bill. It never ends up benefiting the employees who only get a small fraction of the stock. The companies and large shareholders will be the benefactors of any financial gains.
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    Frankly I am fed up with government micromanagement of the private sector companies. The government is incapable of managing anything without screwing it up. The reason our country is stagnant is because over the past 16 years of Bush then Obama the intrusion by government into the private sector expanded. Anything the government touches other than military it damages.
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    Lack of disclosure makes it very easy for corporations to fool the public into buying poor investments.
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    This is nonsense, the bill's sponsor wants you to believe that there are all these "hard working" people harmed by the current policy. The change really only benefits company owners by exposing them to less oversight from the SEC. As we have seen in the past even large companies with lots of resources and oversight engage in chicanery when it comes to compensation through stocks. This is likely even higher when you're talking about small companies who have less oversight from institutional investors. Oversight is forgotten when times are good, it's for the bad times that we have it.
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    I am opposed to this bill. It never ends up benefiting the employees who only get a small fraction of the stock. The companies and large shareholders will be the benefactors of any financial gains.
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    Yes. There are many benefits. Giving employees stock options gives them a sense of ownership. They'll be more devoted and work harder to improve profitability. It's also a relatively cost effective way for companies to reward their employees. More owned stock is goof for stock prices, and companies gain additional brand appeal.
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    It's not worth giving up 2 existing regulations to make this change.
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    I think it's a great idea for companies to offer stock incentives! They need to do this transparently, though and not by offering effectively "worthless paper" instead of real potential value in the company. If this bill were written differently, I may have been a supporter.
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    Absolutely. I don't see why not, especially if they're helping to build it. That sounds like capitalism at its genuine finest right there.
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    This seems like an opportunity for companies to offer forms of compensation to employees that they may not fully understand.
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    Why are you making it harder for the public to get information. Transparency and accountability are important, and we can't trust YOU to make the right choice.
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    This law makes it possible for people to sell anything less than $10,000,000 (as opposed to $5,000,000) in terms of stock without filing a notification with the SEC in a 12 month period. This is not necessary and will encourage people to attempt to screw with the stock market with even more money.
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    Absolutely not. Lack of transparency in business and banking contributed to the 2008 crash economic crash and many others.
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    This is yet another way for the business owners to take advantage of it's employees. If they want to award their employees they can do profit sharing. I've been on the receiving end of receiving stock options which weren't worth the paper they were printed on.
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    The concept of sharing ownership is of immeasurable value to entrepreneurs and the people they choose to associate with when innovating. The moral fiber of humanity will only shrivel if we do not support this vote. For most men in modern times there are but a few moments when life offers a value proposition not founded in financial profit, but rather in a flight of moral quality.
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    This sounds like opening the flood gates to abuse. The amount of money being considered indicates a plan that would benefit only those already with deep pockets.
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    The SEC does a pretty good job of regulating trading and monitoring activity. Why do you need more government bureaucracy to add to the mix. Government is not the solution folks. All most politicians are interested in are themselves and retaining power. They could care less about you except at election time. Then the phrase, "Fighting for you" gets beaten to death.
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    Does Enron debacle come to mind. Over investment in an employer stock is not a good idea. It's fine as a piece of a diversified and independently and well managed strategy but should not be at the company's control.
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    Transparency and accountability. And stock can be a dubious way to incentivize.
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    Smells like another way for smaller riskier companies to take undue advantage of employees. Let them disclose all the facts and not cheat employees into investing and then going belly up
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    Let people make whatever employment arrangements they want. Why does the government deserve a say in this?
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