New Hampshire Kills Right-To-Work Effort

It was a good fight, but in the end, the New Hampshire House of Representatives blocked one of new Governor Chris Sununu’s major priorities when it voted down republican-endorsed Right-to-Work legislation by a vote of 200 – 177. The issue will be dead for the entirety of the Governor’s first 2-year term (New Hampshire &…

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Lowering Wage Minimums?

Inevitably, there is going to be one that cuts against the grain, and on the subject of minimum wages, it appears that Iowa might just be the one!  Republican Governor Terry Bransford has endorsed a small increase in the state minimum wage (currently $7.25), but also qualified his endorsement by adding that its necessary to…

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Right To Work Continues To Grow

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reported that he spoke with Vice President Pence about the possibility of passing of passing a national right to work law. Walker’s comments come in the wake of the filing last week of a national right to work bill by Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC). As we…

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Right To Work Laws Clear More Hurdles

And, in the northeast of all places! The New Hampshire state Senate passed right to work legislation this week (albeit by just 1 vote) and sent the bill on to the republican-controlled House of Representatives for its deliberation. If the bill wins House approval, newly elected Republican Governor Chris Sununu will sign the bill into…

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Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Missouri Tees Up Right to Work

Missouri is poised to soon become the 28th right-to-work state in the nation. The Show Me state’s House of Representatives debated a right-to-work bill on the House floor this week and gave the measure initial approval Wednesday. HB 91 would free union non-members from any legal obligation to pay fees to a union that bargains…

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Court Orders Wage Plan to Ballot

Right to work isn’t the only issue generating news in Missouri as this week the state Supreme Court ordered Kansas City to put a minimum wage initiative that could ultimately lead to a $15 minimum wage on the municipal ballot.  Missouri law preempts local communities from establishing their own minimum wages higher than that of…

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Court Strikes Local Right to Work Law

Well, we now have competing federal court decisions on the question of whether local communities and counties can establish their own right to work laws. This week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois struck down a local right-to-work law adopted by the town of Lincolnshire, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago.…

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Of Wages & Taxes

The Cleveland minimum wage hike that was planned for a May 2, 2017 vote on a referendum but was sidelined by the Ohio legislature and governor agreeing on pre-emption has been officially withdrawn. Organizers and petitioners with the SEIU-funded advocacy front Raise Up Cleveland are still lamenting that the petition to hike the minimum wage…

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Ohio Governor Stops Cleveland $15 Wage Vote

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law this week a bill to block a special election question on raising the minimum wage in Cleveland to $15 an hour.  We told you a few weeks ago that the Ohio legislature was moving the bill through the process quickly to get it to the Governor by the…

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