Budget Crisis, But Minimum Wage Clears Hurdle

The state of Illinois is currently mired in a budget crisis of legendary proportions – for almost 2 full years, chaos has ruled. There have been unfunded pension issues, corruption allegations back and forth, the Attorney General sued to stop state worker paychecks, lawsuits between government agencies, furloughs of state employees, Northeastern Illinois and Chicago…

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Florida Franchise Sponsor Responds to IFA

Senator Jack Latvala, who is the chief sponsor of Senate bill 750 to address the imbalance in the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida, is the sitting Chairman of the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, Senator Latvala enjoys a seat on the powerful Senate Rules Committee, so he knows a bit about writing and moving legislation…

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AAFD To Honor CFA’s Keith Miller

The American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary Franchisee Leadership Summit from April 30 – May 3 at the Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California. At the event’s Franchising Awards banquet and gala on Tuesday, May 2, the organization will present Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA)…

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From the Great White North

With the acquisition of the Tim Horton’s franchise by Burger King parent, Restaurant Brand International a few years ago, the world changed for franchisees in the Canadian coffee and donut franchise – but apparently not necessarily for the better. We noted that franchisees created the Great White North Franchisee Association (GWNFA) just a few weeks…

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Miscellaneous

Starbucks announced this week that it will begin offering health insurance coverage for the parents of its China employees who’ve been with the company for a minimum of two years. The new benefit limits coverage to parents less than 75 years old and comes as the company looks to double the number of stores in…

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Florida Bill Clears First Hurdle

Good news came out of Tallahassee earlier this week with the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries voting favorably on the Protect Florida Small Business Act (SB 750). The 7-2 vote came at the conclusion of the public hearing (SB 750 discussion begins at 19:00 minute mark +/-) on the proposal that was sponsored by Senator…

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Acosta Confirmation Not Yet Scheduled

The franchise issue may have moved as scheduled in Florida, but the wheels of government turn much more slowly in the nation’s capital. Despite having been approved by the HELP Committee in the US Senate over one week ago, there is still no confirmation vote scheduled on the nomination of Alex Acosta as Labor Secretary…

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Minimum Wage Redux?

We advised months ago that the voter-approved minimum wage hike in the state of Maine was going to be reconsidered by the legislature and in fact, a raucous public hearing was held this week in Augusta for just that purpose. Media reports claim that between “dozens” and “hundreds” (we don’t know which is the ‘fake…

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Paid Leave Passes Maryland Legislature

The result was a bit different on the subject of paid sick leave in Annapolis this week. The Maryland Senate passed a slightly different version of paid sick leave than the House had already passed, but the House of Delegates quickly amended theirs so as to get a bill to the Governor before their session…

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DC Wants Your Restroom!

Carving out new territory, the Washington DC City Council this week began entertaining a new proposal that would have private businesses open their restrooms up for use by the general public in the Nation’s Capital! Under the proposal, which was jointly-sponsored by these four bright lights on the DC Council (Brianne Nadeau, David Grosso, Robert…

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