Minimum Wage Opponents Look to Amend Wage Hikes

It’s not only organized labor that’s seeking “do-overs” on issues of import to them – elected officials in both Maine and Arizona are planning to make changes to their respective minimum wage hikes. In Arizona, one of four states where minimum wages hikes were approved by the voters on November 8, incoming Speaker of the…

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Punishing Success

We told you over the past several issues about the successful ballot initiative in Maine to add a 3% surtax to incomes over $200,000, clearly a misnomer in that it is referred to as a “Millionaire’s tax”, but a new policy nonetheless.  Well, the city of Portland Oregon has gone Maine one better in its…

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How About a Mulligan?

As the dust settles from the November elections and new legislatures begin to take office, some seem to want to take a second look at what voters did on individual ballot initiatives.  One case in point is the state of Maine, where the voters approved a dramatic increase in the state minimum wage as well…

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Maine Recount on Millionaire’s Tax Withdrawn

Opponents of the so-called “Millionaire’s Tax”, who had formally requested a recount of the measure, passed by voters on Election Day, have since changed their minds and withdrawn the recount request.  The measure, which mandates a 3% surcharge on any individual income over $200,000, was favored by voters by a margin of just over 1%…

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Maine Voters Pass Surcharge, Recount Requested

Final results were close and late coming in on some ballot issues and the Maine so-called “Millionaire’s Tax” is one of them.  On Election Day, voters approved Question 2, a citizen initiative that reinforces a 2004 law requiring the state to fund 55% of K-12 education costs, a mandate the Legislature failed to meet.  Question…

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Minimum Wage Hikes Pass

Voters in the four states that were considering minimum wage ballot initiatives this week approved all 4 measures on Tuesday.  The states of Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington each will see their minimum wages rise by varying amounts on different time schedules as a result of election day approvals.  Three of the four however (Arizona,…

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Maine Asking Voters to Punish Success

Besides what some see as a Hobson’s Choice in the presidential election next month, there are a number of states that will present specific initiatives to the voters ranging from tax policies to minimum wage hikes to legalizing marijuana and seemingly everything in between.  Voters in Maine are being asked essentially to punish success by…

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Maine Finalizes Minimum Wage Ballot Language

Last week, we told you that there was strong business community opposition to the wording of a ballot question in Maine relating raising the minimum wage.  In response, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap revisited the question and has now issued the final wording for the question as it will appear on the November ballot. …

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Wordsmithing Maine Minimum Wage

Business groups are pushing to have a ballot question heading before voters in Maine this November re-worded to more accurately summarize the impact of the proposal. Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap released proposed language this past week but his draft has no mention of any the increase being indexed to inflation after the initial phase-in…

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Mandatory GMO Labeling One Month Away

In a little over one month, Vermont will become the first state in the nation actually requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).  The Vermont mandate was signed into law just over 2 years ago and immediately challenged by the Grocery Manufacturers Association along with the Snack Food Association, International Dairy Foods…

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