Revenge ON the Machines

No, we didn’t use the wrong preposition, city officials in San Francisco are indeed targeting the machines, or more specifically those who use machines instead of employees. The idea of hitting employers that utilize technology and automation (read: robots) with additional taxes for making their businesses more efficient (at the cost of employee jobs) first…

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Advancing Tax Reform

President Trump has raised the prospect of significant tax reform and pushed the Congress to focus on passing tax reform measures quickly. Anticipating the release of a tax reform bill and working to advance the tax priorities of franchisees across the country, the Job Creators Network (JCN) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)…

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Soda Tax Limbo

Speaking of being in limbo, retailers in Cook County, Illinois are between the proverbial rock and the hard place as relates the county imposed tax on sugary drinks. As we advised last week, the FDA has said that collecting the tax and then giving it back as a refund violates the federal food stamp program…

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Florida Governor Hopes To Make Tax Hikes Harder

It is a completely different type of ballot initiative campaign that Florida Governor Rick Scott is undertaking. Scott recently announced plans to push for an amendment to the state constitution that would require a supermajority in order for state taxes to be increased. Scott, who is term-limited out of office this year and expected to…

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Cuomo Kills NYC Millionaire’s Tax

OK, he may not have actually killed it, but declaring it DOA in Albany is about as close to terminal as it gets. A few weeks back, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the idea of increasing the city income tax on an individual making more than $500,000 ($1 million for couples) by…

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A Ballot Trifecta

SEIU-backed Raise Up Massachusetts is looking to score on a trifecta of issues on the coming November ballot as the group filed two petitions with the Attorney General by Wednesday’s initial deadline.  The two petitions include increasing the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandating up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave.…

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No Break from Massachusetts Taxes

Pregnant or not, they’ll be no reasonable accommodation that costs Massachusetts its tax dollar! The state’s House of Representatives rejected the idea of a permanent weekend tax holiday when they passed and sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Senate. Representatives rejected a proposal to forego the sales tax every year on the third…

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Maine Asking Voters to Punish Success

Besides what some see as a Hobson’s Choice in the presidential election next month, there are a number of states that will present specific initiatives to the voters ranging from tax policies to minimum wage hikes to legalizing marijuana and seemingly everything in between.  Voters in Maine are being asked essentially to punish success by…

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Miscellaneous

There are several interesting reports that were released this week relative to the business climate of different geographic locales.  We noted that CNBC released its annual ranking of the top states for business this week and their results are always interesting.  Based on 60 different measure of competitiveness, Utah, Texas and Colorado were best overall,…

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Miscellaneous

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has released its Small Business Tax Index for 2016 a week or so ago with South Dakota, Nevada and Texas holding the top 3 spots for this year.  The index measures and ranks the tax systems for all 50 states as to their competitiveness for small business and entrepreneurs. …

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