EPA Delays Redemption Fuel Standard

Unlike the FDA, the  Environmental Protection Agency last week announced its intention to delay any decision on changes to the Redemption Fuel Standard (RFS).   The RFS is an ethanol mandate, passed in 2006, that essentially guaranteed ethanol demand by mandating certain minimums of food-to-fuel.  Specifically, the RFS program requires renewable fuel to be blended into…

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GMO Labeling in Oregon Headed to Recount

Well, now that all the votes have been counted and the results are in, the question of mandating labeling of “genetically modified organisms” (GMOs) is still not finalized in Oregon and will be the subject of an official recount, believed to be scheduled for December 12.  According to results at this point, State Ballot Measure…

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Municipal Mayhem

There was more municipal government action elsewhere on the west coast this week detrimental to small business interests as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously gave its approval to the so-called Retail Workers Bill of Rights, a package of legislation that will dramatically alter retail employee scheduling rules and other facets of the employer-employee…

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Election Dusts Settles, What Lies Ahead

As the dust from the “Republican Red Tide of 2014” settles, we’ve seen any number of analyses as to what the election results will mean for various constituencies when the 114th Congress takes its place at the beginning of the New Year.  One item that seems high on everyone’s list is a possible return to…

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Wait Til You See How Expensive It Is When It’s Free!

The state of Georgia not only believes that free has a value, it thinks free should be taxed as well.  Believe it or not, we’re advised by a number of franchise owners in Georgia that the Peach State is demanding tax payments on promotion items even when those items are given away at no charge! …

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Hearings on Single-Payer System

Notwithstanding that this is only the second year where the Obama Care exchanges are open for enrollment and despite the difficulties involved in year one enrollments (above), the New York Assembly will again be considering the adoption of a universal “single-payer” coverage model.   Democrat state Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, representing Manhattan, has filed legislation proposing the…

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Forewarned is Forearmed

We’ve spent a lot of time and space reporting these election results to you this week primarily because they will not be going away.  To the contrary, advocates of of anti-business measures will continue to push them through whatever vehicles may present themselves.  Recall that the minimum wage initiative began with a call by President…

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Obama Care Fines

The Wall Street Journal opined this week on the impact on budgeting for 2015 that potential Obama Care fines are having on businesses.  Direct from the WSJ, “As companies nationwide begin to set up budgets for 2015, one line item seems to be a problem for some companies – fines related to the Affordable Care…

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More Politics On Minimum Wage

You will recall that initiatives to increase the federal minimum wage began when President Obama identified it as a goal of his second term back in 2013.  Although the issue has been a non-starter at the federal level in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden was trying to breathe more life into it at a speech…

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Domestic Violence Reaches Small Business

In the wake of Ray Rice and the infamous elevator video, followed closely by Adrian Peterson using a “switch” on his 4-year old son among other news reports, it is not surprising that domestic violence is getting much attention now.  The Massachusetts legislature, however acted more than a month ago to provide domestic violence victims…

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