Soda Tax Rejected in Santa Fe

Well, it may be all the rage in Philadelphia with its proponents pointing gleefully to increased revenues from the new tax, but voters in the southwest are not as enamored with the idea. A two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks was soundly defeated by a record number of voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico…

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Minimum Wage Issues Around the Nation

It is the topic that just won’t go away, so there is more to report this week again on minimum wage initiatives, both pro and con. Speaking again of preemptions, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has threatened to veto legislation passed in different versions by both the House and Senate that would block cities and towns…

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Miscellaneous

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is continuing its attacks on McDonald’s with its latest call for an investigation of the rents that the Golden Arches are charging their franchisees and the impact those rents may have on McDonalds workers in franchised locations. The union behind the “Fight for $15” effort has formally requested that the…

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New Mexico Minimum Wage Vetoed; Valid in St. Louis

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez made good on a promise earlier this month when she vetoed two different minimum wage bills passed by the New Mexico legislature. The first, HB 442, provided for an increase in the current $7.50 per hour minimum to $9.25 an hour and would have also prohibited local governments from passing…

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Soda Taxes Spilling To Other States

Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting…

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States Still Adding Paid Sick Leave Mandates

We may not know what will ultimately happen at the federal level regarding sick leave mandates, but the writing seems to be on the wall at the state level as more states are now taking a closer look at the issue. Notwithstanding strong opposition from the business community in the state of Maine, the Legislature’s…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Hurting Restaurants

Wage hike advocates may be loath to admit it, but according to a recently released study of Yelp data on the impact of minimum wage increases on lower to middle-quality restaurants, the impact is unmistakable. Buzz-feed, which wrote up the study, reported that researchers found that a $1 increase in the minimum wage in the…

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California Immigration Bill Uses Employers

There has been much wailing and gnashing of teeth over President Trump’s goal of tightening immigration restrictions, but now a California Assemblyman is looking to put employers squarely in the middle of that battle. Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) has filed Assembly 450, “the Immigrant Worker Protection Act”, which is scheduled to be heard sometime…

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Independent Joe #42 February/ March

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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