Minimum Wage Redux?

We advised months ago that the voter-approved minimum wage hike in the state of Maine was going to be reconsidered by the legislature and in fact, a raucous public hearing was held this week in Augusta for just that purpose. Media reports claim that between “dozens” and “hundreds” (we don’t know which is the ‘fake…

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And On Taxes . . .

The state of Maine is looking seriously at amending a voter-approved ballot initiative that mandates an additional 3% surcharge from those with incomes over $200,000, an oxymoronic version of a “millionaire’s tax”. Anyway, already in this legislative session, five bills have been filed to amend the narrowly-approved measure and those bills, which run the gamut…

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Paid Leave Surfacing Again

It has been rearing its head all around the nation for a while now, and the paid leave phenomenon got a boost when President Trump addressed Congress and told them he wanted them to pass paid family leave into law. So, with that boost, the issue continues with Maine considering adopting a version of the…

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Extending, Expanding New York Millionaire’s Tax

New York so-called “millionaire’s tax” was first adopted back in 2009 and renewed two years later in 2011. It is set to expire at the end of this year, so the effort has already begun – not just to extend the expiration date (another three year extension of the 8-year old tax), but also to…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Minimum Wages Staying in the Forefront

It seems that the debate over increases to minimum wages around the country has been in the news now for longer than one can imagine, and that may very well be the case! The question of the minimum wage was first raised most recently by President Obama in his 2013 state of the union address…

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Love, Marriage and Dunkin’

When Colleen Bailey walked into her local Dunkin’ in Rockland, Maine, she knew she would get donuts and coffee. She didn’t know she’d fall in love, get married and eventually own nine Dunkin shops of her own. “Ed owned the Dunkin’ and I lived right up the street from it. That’s how we met,” says…

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Independent Joe #41 December 2016/January 2017

If there was one theme that ran throughout the recent DDIFO National Conference held at Foxwoods Resort Casino, it was “Be vigilant.” The theme framed discussions on franchising, government relations, Dunkin’ Brands’ new franchise agreement and the competitive landscape facing QSRs like Dunkin’ Donuts. And while some speakers presented the theme in more desperate terms…

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State Legislatures Gearing Up

While some have just this week concluded their 2016 sessions, most state legislatures are just beginning to get prepared for their 2017 sessions.  Legislators in Kentucky have gotten quickly to work however. On Wednesday, the House passed a Kentucky right-to-work law that has been close, but never actually signed into law.  That should change next…

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Maine Governor to Delay Wage/OT Hikes

Increases to state minimum wages will be taking effect in a host of states across the country come the New Year, but Maine Governor Paul LePage has made it clear that his state Department of Labor will not begin enforcing the newly voter-approved minimum wage of $9.00 per hour until January 31.  The law, which…

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