Legislative Update January 28, 2011

As the 112th Congress begins to address its legislative agenda, government agencies are busy issuing regulations to enforce the new laws passed last year. From health care to ADA enforcement, regulatory agencies are forcing their way to the front of the political stage. This bulletin is brought to you by Misty Chally , the Executive Director of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA)Please be aware of the following issues affecting franchisees across the country

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House Vote to Revoke Health Care Law

On January 12th, and as one of its first acts in Congress, the newly-elected U.S. House of Representatives will vote to repeal the health care bill. For the newly elected Members of Congress, this will likely be the first time that they hear from their constituents. Let them know that you would like to repeal the Health Care Bill.

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House Passes Limited Tax Cut Extension – Bill Moves to Senate

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 234-188 to limit the extension of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to “middle income” earners – defined as individuals earning under $200,000 or married couples earning less than $250,000 per year. For all others, the tax cuts would expire at the end of the year, resulting in an increase in estate taxes, the alternative minimum tax, capital gains taxes and personal income taxes. Action Alert!

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Independent Joe – September 2010

We are pleased to introduce to you the Sixth Issue of Independent Joe, the quarterly magazine by DD Independent Franchise Owners for Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners. This issue was published in September 2010.

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DDIFO at the CFA Franchisee Forum in Washington DC July 2010

The Coalition of Franchisee Association held their Capital Hill Forum in Washington DC, July 15th – 17th attracting franchisee leaders from the Meineke, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Super Cuts, Buffalo Wild Wings, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts franchise systems. Watch the slide show.

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DDIFO Members: Attend the Second Annual CFA Day Forum in Washington DC

As the year comes to a close and the New Year is almost upon us, it’s a good time to reflect on the challenges we face as small business owners. Legislatively, 2009 has been a difficult year for business owners. There is more to come, legislators in Washington DC are preparing to enact new laws that will have a dramatic impact on your bottom line. As the Legislative Affairs Coordinator for DDIFO, I can assure you that DDIFO is not sitting idly by as legislators continue to pry into your business. As a founding member of the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) we have been working together with other franchisee associations to make sure that all of our voices are heard on Capital Hill.

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Franchisees Exert Pressure on Burger King Board

Elaine Walker reports in the Miami Herald that Burger King’s franchisees say they no longer “trust” or “have confidence” in current management, so they’re going directly to the company’s board of directors with their complaints. That was the message in a letter sent by the National Franchisee Association last week to Burger King’s board of directors. The board needs to take action to repair the relationship with franchisees, which has disintegrated to a level unheard of even for Burger King, the letter said. “Your management team has pushed the franchise community to the brink,” said the letter signed by 27 franchises, including the NFA board and the heads of 21 regional franchisee associations. “We are taking this extraordinary and historic action to communicate our concerns directly to the board.”

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