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Styrofoam Ban Presents Challenge To Community

The styrofoam ban in Brookline, Massachusetts will officially take effect on January 1, 2014.  Dunkin’ shops within the Boston bedroom suburb have already begun using an alternative cup developed by Dunkin’ in their efforts to find an environmentally friendly alternative to its iconic polystyrene cup.  Ironically, in local press reports, Brookline Health Chief Alan Balsam…

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Tax Foundation Puts New York Last For Tax Climate

Washington-based tax research group The Tax Foundation has released its annual State Business Tax Climate Index for 2014.  The report, as reported by the  Albany Business Journal, ranks New York state as being the worst business tax environment in the country.  Wyoming topped the list as the most tax favorable state in the union.  The…

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Governor Signs $10 California Minimum Wage

As was expected, California Governor Jerry Brown this past week signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage in California to $10 per hour by 2016.  Under the new law, the current minimum wage of $8.00 will increase to $9 in July and then to $10, the highest in the nation, in January of…

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Cleaning Agents Targeted in Proposed Law

It would appear that silly season is here in the Massachusetts Legislature – again, as the Joint Committee on Public Health this week advanced a bill that would phase out the use of standing chemical water for the cleaning of utensils, plates and beverage containers.  Under the provisions of S.1103, An Act relative to cleanliness…

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By Brian Wancho

New Laws Effective October 1 in North Carolina

October 1 is notable in North Carolina as a day when many newly enacted laws become effective and this year, there are two in particular to which we would call your attention.  The first allows licensed gun owners with legal conceal and carry status to enter any bar or restaurant even while carrying a concealed…

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Chaos Is Common Thread As ObamaCare Health Exchanges Open

In this the first week when state health exchanges are open for new enrollments, chaos seems to be one of the few consistencies.   The New York state health exchange opened for business on October 1 and then promptly posted a note on their website explaining that the exchange had been overwhelmed, was having log-in issues…

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Baltimore Pushes Small Business Loans

Franchisees in Baltimore may want to check BaltimoreMICRO, a small business lending program being pushed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  The program is being touted by municipal officials as a great option for small business owners to avail themselves of loans from $5,000 to $30,000.  The program, open to businesses with less than $1 Million…

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Maine at Bottom of Business Friendly States

Last week, we reported on Forbes’ annual ranking of Best States for Business with Virginia taking the #1 spot.  Well, for the 4th year in a row, the state of Maine has the dubious distinction of being considered the worst state for business in the nation!

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IFA Working Against Fair Franchising In PA

In their recent newsletter, the IFA boasted of having had Matt Haller and Dean Heyl travel to Harrisburg, PA. to begin work against HB 1620, which would provide some balance to the franchisee/franchisor relationship.  They are working to build a coalition against the bill, filed by Representative Peter Daley.  In the newsletter, they allege the…

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IFA In DC For 40 Hour Work Week Bill

We reported months ago how at its 2013 DC Summit in July,  the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) had encouraged the passage of the Forty Hours Is Full Time Act proposed by Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others.  Well, the International Franchise Association (IFA) has now joined the fray and at their annual DC Fly-in…

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