GMO Food Labeling Movement at the State Level

The Vermont State Senate by a lopsided 26 – 2 vote this week passed H 112, a bill requiring the labelling of so-called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that positions the Green Mountain state as potentially the first state in the nation to mandate the extra labeling.  The bill was amended before it cleared the Senate…

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San Diego Dunkin’ Opens With 2 Hour Waits

The first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open to the public in San Diego opened to wait lines of up to 90 minutes and non-stop satisfied customers as this story and video can attest.  It’s been a couple of weeks since the opening in the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in the downtown, but the…

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McDonalds Sued On Overtime and Other Employee Allegations

Any members who aren’t too worried about whether or how the President’s overtime order should pay special attention to the fact that McDonalds was sued this week by a number of employees in California, Michigan and New York.  The class action lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts claimed that the “Golden Arches” were…

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Competitor News: Taco Bell is in the Breakfast Business and More

We haven’t reported too much of late on our competitors, but there is much to report, so we’ll try to catch you up in this issue . . . Taco Bell has joined the breakfast competition, announcing a few weeks ago that beginning March 27, they will offer a rather extensive breakfast menu from 7AM…

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Tax Policies and Economic Outlook: How does your state rate?

Why does Utah rank on top in U.S. economic outlook, while Vermont is on the bottom? When you examine the tax policies of the United States, you can draw certain conclusions about how taxes and regulations impact small business owners. According to a recent study from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a pro-business partnership…

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2nd California Dunkin’ Opens in Barstow

Dunkin’ Donuts’ expansion continues with news that the second shop in the Golden State of California opened its doors this past Monday in Barstow, California.  Dunkin’ has been aggressively signing SDAs with franchisees willing to expand their networks throughout California.

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Minimum Wage Increasing in Broad Array of States

We’ve apprised you over months of several states where proposals to increase the minimum wage were being considered.  Our friends in the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) have produced a Government Affairs Update which identifies those states that will increase their mandated minimum between now and July, 2014.  If you own shops in any…

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The minimum wage is increasing in a number of states.

Summary of Minimum Wage Increases

The 2014 federal minimum wage will remain unchanged at $7.25 per hour for non-tipped employees, and $2.13 per hour for tipped employees. However, one state’s minimum wage will increase on December 31, 2013 and eight states have announced their minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2014. Moreover, one state has proposed an increase, effective…

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Dunkin’ Westward Expansion Has One Big Supporter At A Minimum

We’ve seen the regular flow of announcements regarding Dunkin’s expansion across the country and especially its re-entry into California.  The numbers of new store openings targeted for the west coast is impressive to say the least.  In light of the recent coverage highlighting Dunkin’s target of 1,000 new stores in California, it just seemed fitting…

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