Deep Pocketed Special Interests

Think this is who they mean? When we hear feel good politicians talk about the evils of money in politics and special interests buying favorable legislation, my guess is they don’t mean unions! Notwithstanding, it’s been reported that one of New York City’s powerful unions made regular edits and arguably had a veto on final…

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Sick Leave -No Delay in MD, No Changes in DC

It turns out that the Maryland House of Delegates would not follow the state senate and delay the implementation of the paid sick leave law in Maryland, letting it take effect as scheduled last Sunday. After serious lobbying by the business community, the senate had agreed to postpone the mandate until July in order to…

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Maryland Senate Votes Sick Leave Delay

In response to a concerted lobbying effort by the broader business community in Maryland, yesterday the state senate voted to delay implementation of the new Maryland paid sick leave law until July. The Healthy Working Families Act, vetoed by Governor Larry Hogan but which was overridden in both branches over the past few weeks, is…

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Massachusetts Court Questions Millionaire Tax

In oral arguments before the state Supreme Court this week, a number of the justices raised some pointed questions about the constitutionality of the ballot proposal. As approved for the 2018 ballot, the Massachusetts “millionaire tax” would add a 4 percent tax on earnings over $1 million and incorporate that ‘surcharge’ into the state constitution.…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Right to Work, The Next Level

Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would decertify public service unions whose dues-paying membership falls below 50%. Exempting unions that represent police officers, prison guards and firefighter, the bill (HB25) would cover all other public employee unions. The bill is considered a long shot to become law, especially in the…

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Soda Tax Stories

The soda tax, one of the more recent schemes to extract money from the public is headed for two court appearances, one in California and the other in Pennsylvania, while the Philadelphia tax generated over $13 million less than projected for the year. At the end of the calendar year, the city of Philadelphia actually…

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Minimum Wages on Tap Again

Notwithstanding that a number of companies have announced bonus payments and increased minimum wages as a result of the aforementioned Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, there are a host of minimum wage bills being proposed in different and states. First, the Cleveland City Council approved public service contracts with a minimum wage of $15/hour for…

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Man Bites Dog!

Not really, but I didn’t want this item lost in the above paragraph! Maine, which raised the state minimum wage this month to $10/hour on its way to $12 by 2020, is now considering legislation, LD1757, that would drop the 2018 wage to $9.50/hour in July. The increase was mandated after a voter initiative was…

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Kentucky Judge Tosses Right to Work Suit

The on-again, off-again right-to-work law in the state of Kentucky is back in play after a state court judge tossed out the latest challenge brought by the state AFL-CIO and Teamsters Union. The law prohibits the collection of mandatory fees from non-union members under the guise of the unions representing the interests of members and…

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