The House Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 17 approved a bill to repeal the 2010 health-care law’s requirement that companies file a 1099 tax form for each vendor that provides more than $600 in goods or services. Some industry groups opposed the provision, contending it is too burdensome for small companies. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said GOP leaders hope to bring the bill to the floor in the spring. The Senate passed a similar measure on Feb. 2.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan