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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Franchisee Completes Circle by Returning to Root

Dennis Gramm knows Dunkin’. While the franchisee operates four stores in northwest suburban Chicago (with two more stores under construction), he also has a unique perspective amongst his peers, having spent 11 years on the corporate side of Dunkin’ Brands before becoming a franchise owner in 2007. “In the eyes of some of the legacy…

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Community Corner: Carl Andrade

Ask New Hampshire Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Carl Andrade about Girls Inc., a local nonprofit that helps girls achieve their personal best, and he will have to fight off the tears. For the past decade, the organization has been close to Andrade’s heart. “Some girls are from single parents and some are from drug addicts,”…

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And On Taxes . . .

The state of Maine is looking seriously at amending a voter-approved ballot initiative that mandates an additional 3% surcharge from those with incomes over $200,000, an oxymoronic version of a “millionaire’s tax”. Anyway, already in this legislative session, five bills have been filed to amend the narrowly-approved measure and those bills, which run the gamut…

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Speaking of Joint-employer

On the issue of joint-employer, states are still looking to insulate businesses within their borders from the NLRB re-definition by codifying the traditional definition in state law. South Dakota is the latest in a string of states to enact laws limiting “joint employer”. Governor Dennis Daugaard signed Senate bill SB137 into law last week after…

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Paid Leave Surfacing Again

It has been rearing its head all around the nation for a while now, and the paid leave phenomenon got a boost when President Trump addressed Congress and told them he wanted them to pass paid family leave into law. So, with that boost, the issue continues with Maine considering adopting a version of the…

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Extending, Expanding New York Millionaire’s Tax

New York so-called “millionaire’s tax” was first adopted back in 2009 and renewed two years later in 2011. It is set to expire at the end of this year, so the effort has already begun – not just to extend the expiration date (another three year extension of the 8-year old tax), but also to…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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New Hampshire Kills Right-To-Work Effort

It was a good fight, but in the end, the New Hampshire House of Representatives blocked one of new Governor Chris Sununu’s major priorities when it voted down republican-endorsed Right-to-Work legislation by a vote of 200 – 177. The issue will be dead for the entirety of the Governor’s first 2-year term (New Hampshire &…

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Right To Work Continues To Grow

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reported that he spoke with Vice President Pence about the possibility of passing of passing a national right to work law. Walker’s comments come in the wake of the filing last week of a national right to work bill by Congressmen Steve King (R-IA) and Joe Wilson (R-SC). As we…

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