Maine Voters Pass Surcharge, Recount Requested

Final results were close and late coming in on some ballot issues and the Maine so-called “Millionaire’s Tax” is one of them.  On Election Day, voters approved Question 2, a citizen initiative that reinforces a 2004 law requiring the state to fund 55% of K-12 education costs, a mandate the Legislature failed to meet.  Question…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Pass

Voters in the four states that were considering minimum wage ballot initiatives this week approved all 4 measures on Tuesday.  The states of Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each will see their minimum wages rise by varying amounts on different time schedules as a result of election day approvals.  Three of the four however (Arizona,…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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Salary History Becoming the New Taboo

For the past few years, asking a job applicant if they had ever been convicted of a crime was frowned upon by the “beautiful people”.  Ultimately, a number of state and cities around the country “banned the box” and made it illegal to even ask an applicant if they had any criminal history before they…

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Maine Asking Voters to Punish Success

Besides what some see as a Hobson’s Choice in the presidential election next month, there are a number of states that will present specific initiatives to the voters ranging from tax policies to minimum wage hikes to legalizing marijuana and seemingly everything in between.  Voters in Maine are being asked essentially to punish success by…

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Gender Identity, East and West

New laws relating how an individual self-identifies from a gender perspective are now in place and worth noting on both the west and east coasts.  In California, under a new law signed two weeks ago by California Governor Jerry Brown, businesses that have single-user bathrooms must make those facilities gender-neutral.  Those “single-user facilities” are defined…

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DDIFO Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

This year, DDIFO is honored to announce the induction of two long time operators into its Franchise Owners Hall of Fame. DUKE CARVALHO: Try it, you’ll like it Duke Carvalho always had a good eye for business. He saw the money side of it as a manager at the Cambridge (Mass.) Portuguese Credit Union. He saw…

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Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

The battle, at long last, is effectively over now as President Obama signed federal GMO labeling legislation into law one week ago today.  The law, which has been working its way through Congress for the past few years, requires food manufacturers to notify consumers of the presence of GMOs in packaged foods by one of…

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Lawsuits vs ACA Mandate Growing

Two new lawsuits were filed this week by insurance companies over a specific provision of the Obamacare health insurance mandate.  The targeted provision, known as the “risk adjustment program”, requires health insurers whose members are healthier (and therefore less expensive to insure), to pay monies to their competitors whose members are not as healthy and…

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Mass Governor Signs Pay Equity Law

As was expected, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity in the Commonwealth into law last week.  The law updates existing equal pay laws and clarifies that companies must pay men and women the same when they do ‘comparable’ work rather just when they have the same job title, so…

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