And More From Seattle

One of the groups pushing the idea of $15/hour minimum wages for fast food workers, 15Now.org, is advocating amendments to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray recently filed proposal to require $15 minimum wage phased in over 3 to 7 years because the proposal doesn’t go far enough!  The Mayor’s proposal, which would require firms with more…

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Minimum Wage is Alive and Well In States & Cities

Notwithstanding the swift death the proposed minimum wage increase suffered at the federal level, it is a completely different animal when proposed in state legislatures and city halls across the country. We reported to you last week that a bill would be filed in Albany proposing to increase the Empire State minimum wage to $15/hour…

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Seattle Looking at City Charter Amendment for $15 Minimum Wage

A group calling itself 15 Now is making plans to put the question of a $15/hour minimum wage on the ballot in the City of Seattle if it is not enacted by the Seattle City Council where it is currently pending.  The Council and Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee are in the process…

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GMO Food Labeling Movement at the State Level

The Vermont State Senate by a lopsided 26 – 2 vote this week passed H 112, a bill requiring the labelling of so-called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that positions the Green Mountain state as potentially the first state in the nation to mandate the extra labeling.  The bill was amended before it cleared the Senate…

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San Diego Dunkin’ Opens With 2 Hour Waits

The first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open to the public in San Diego opened to wait lines of up to 90 minutes and non-stop satisfied customers as this story and video can attest.  It’s been a couple of weeks since the opening in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in the downtown, but the…

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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Competitor News: Taco Bell is in the Breakfast Business and More

We haven’t reported too much of late on our competitors, but there is much to report, so we’ll try to catch you up in this issue . . . Taco Bell has joined the breakfast competition, announcing a few weeks ago that beginning March 27, they will offer a rather extensive breakfast menu from 7AM…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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Aloha To More Fair Franchising Initiatives

Yes, you read that correctly, Hawaii is considering entering the fair franchising debate soon through the work of Attorney Thomas Bush.  Currently, Hawaii has one of the best franchise bodies of law on its books, but franchisors avoid them completely through a loophole that allows franchisors in the franchise agreement to define the rule of…

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