Wordsmithing Maine Minimum Wage

Business groups are pushing to have a ballot question heading before voters in Maine this November re-worded to more accurately summarize the impact of the proposal. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap released proposed language this past week but his draft has no mention of any the increase being indexed to inflation after the initial phase-in…

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DC Approves New Minimum Wage Hike

The state of Maine may be waiting for input on the minimum wage issue from the electorate, but not so much, the Washington DC City Council.  The capital’s legislative body unanimously approved an ordinance to hike the hourly minimum of $10.50 to $15/hour in 2020.  The minimum was already scheduled to increase by $1 to…

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New York Court Upholds Fast Food Wage

The New York Appellate court has upheld the decision of the New York Industrial Board of Appeals that the $15/hour minimum wage mandated for fast food workers.  The minimum was set by a 3 person Wage Board appointed (without any restaurant interest representatives) by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo specifically to implement the increase on…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

The so-called Fight for 15, being directed, financed and staffed by labor union SEIU, is predicated on selling the notion that in every nook and cranny of the nation, a minimum wage of $15 is necessary for employees to attain a “livable wage”.  In Websters online dictionary, the “living wage” is generally defined as an…

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Cuomo Wants Unionized Farm Workers

Having already “fixed” the fast food industry by jamming a one-size-fits-all elevated $15/hour minimum wage down the throats of QSRs and the broader restaurant industry, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is apparently looking to do the same for the local farming industry in the Empire State.  Cuomo recently announced that his administration would not defend…

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Unintended Consequences

Arguably, one of the greatest works in English literature is The Canterbury Tales. This collection of 24 individual stories is presented as a story-telling contest by pilgrims traveling to visit a shrine at Canterbury Cathedral back in the 14th century. In this iconic work, author Geoffrey Chaucer is credited with giving birth to the first…

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Feds Weigh in on North Carolina LGBT Controversy

North Carolina seems to be finding more and more hostility from all corners since it passed the controversial “bathroom bill”, more formally known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (HB-2).  We talked about the bill when it was signed by Governor Pat McCrory back on March 23, because it included a state pre-emption…

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Miami Beach Set to Challenge Florida Preemption

Absent the fanfare we find in the North Carolina debate, the city of Miami Beach is setting itself up to challenge a local minimum wage preemption effective in Florida for the past three years.  Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine is pushing the City Commission to adopt his proposal to increase the local minimum to $13.31…

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Playing The “Race Card” for Higher Wages

Advocates and opponents have been battling over minimum wage increases for the past couple of years as some states and local communities mandate increases while other state pre-empt their local government entities from passing their own wage thresholds.  Now, in the wake of Alabama prohibiting the establishment of local minimums, advocates have filed a lawsuit…

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New Development and a Livable Wage

You knew sooner or later local communities would attach a requirement that a developer pay what the local government defines as a “livable wage” in exchange for development incentives.  Well, it looks as though Worcester, Massachusetts is doing just that.  This week, the Worcester City Council Economic Development Committee unanimously endorsed a tax incremental financing…

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