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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More Minimum Wage Updates

It seems to be the issue that just won’t go away over the past few years, but there is still more updates on minimum wage hikes across the country. Out west, the Nevada Supreme Court remanded a minimum wage dispute back to the District Court in Las Vegas, but in the same ruling upheld the…

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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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Right to Work States: 28 & Stalled

The national wave of states adopting right to work legislation hit a bump and stalled this past week when the Colorado House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted to kill Senate Bill 55, which would have prohibited any Colorado company from requiring union membership as a condition of employment. The demise of SB 55…

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Independent Joe #42 February/ March 2017

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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