Massachusetts Tax Amnesty

For those of you who pay taxes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Bay State’s 2016 tax amnesty program is in full swing for another couple of weeks.  The program provides an opportunity for those businesses and individuals who have not filed all returns they were required to or those who may have understated the…

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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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Minimum Wage Actions and Protests

Notwithstanding that they have enjoyed a certain amount of success in the push to increase the minimum wage, organized labor advocates organized a number of protests around the country again yesterday.  Despite it being just a week after New York and California governors each signed legislation adopting the magical number of $15/hour, protest organizers were…

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More Minimum Wage and Sick Leave

The state of Idaho became the latest to prohibit the imposition of local minimum wages a bill prohibiting political subdivisions from setting minimum wages above the state minimum become law without the signature of Governor Butch Otter.  The Governor’s staff explained that he didn’t sign or veto the legislation because he was “conflicted” about whether…

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Minimum Wage Movement

It seems to be a topic that just won’t go away, but there is still more activity to report on relative to minimum wage increases across the country.  In the District of Columbia, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced in her state of the District address that she will file legislation to mandate a minimum wage of…

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Fair Scheduling Dead in Massachusetts

At least for the balance of the current legislative session, it would appear that serious consideration of the so-called ‘Fair Scheduling’ bill in Massachusetts is over as S.973 was given a study order this week.  An Act Establishing Fair Scheduling for Employees in Massachusetts would mandate that employers must give a worker their work schedule…

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Tail Wagging The Dog

GMO labeling is set to become effective in the state of Vermont this July 1 and as a result, Congress is moving much more quickly than usual in order to forestall a patchwork of state laws and regulations over genetically modified organisms (GMO).  This week, the US Senate began debating a federal voluntary labeling bill…

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Massachusetts Offers Tax Amnesty

This week, Massachusetts finalized and announced a new tax amnesty program that will grant individuals and businesses a two-month window to get right with the taxman!  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue Amnesty 2016 program will be available from April 1 through May 31 and will allow taxpayers to file delinquent returns or amend prior tax…

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Vermont Mandates Paid Sick Leave

The dictates on small business continue and the paid sick leave benefit has now been mandated by a fifth state as Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed paid sick leave into law this week in the Green Mountain State.  Under House 187, which cleared the legislature late last month and was signed into law Wednesday, all…

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Bruce MacDonald’s Franchising Story is a Family Affair

For many American families living in the northeast, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a part of their daily routines for decades. Whether it’s starting the day off with a trip through the drive thru or picking up a dozen donuts on the way to a social gathering or on the way home from church, that iconic…

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