GMO Labeling Back In Headlines

Speaking of Vermont, the state was the first to mandate special labeling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) back in 2014 when Governor Shumlin signed the labeling legislation into law.  Since that time, the law has been challenged by the Grocers Manufacturers Association in a lawsuit that is still pending (the court rejected the…

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Northeast Regional Meeting

You’ve only got a few days left to register for the Northeast Regional DDIFO meeting next Tuesday at the Framingham Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center.  The program will feature veteran Boston news anchor Maria Stephanos speaking on the media perspective and how it responds to small business issues.   We will also feature Kevin Scott, ServSafe®…

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Minimum Wage Heading to Ballots

Often going hand-in-hand with paid sick leave, the push for increased minimum wages across the country continues unabated.  San Diego City Councilors voted last week to put an incremental minimum wage increase, including a mandated 5 days annual sick leave for all employees, on the ballot for the June 7 presidential primary election.  The increase…

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Punishing Success

One of the next frontiers for the tax and spend advocates is very likely to be extra taxes on those who have enjoyed some degree of financial success.  Advocates in Massachusetts want to bring the hammer down on those who are financially successful, pushing for an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would allow for…

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GMO Issue Resurfaces

We haven’t heard much of it lately, but the GMO labeling issue is still very much alive in a number of states.  The state of Maine adopted GMO labeling back in 2014, however the law included two distinct and important caveats – a delayed effective date and an automatic repeal provision. Currently, GMO labeling requirements…

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States, Cities Still Looking to Raise Minimums

Notwithstanding the lesson from the impending Wal-Mart closings (and what might have caused them), state and local officials continue to look to mandate low-income workers into prosperity by increasing the minimum wage.  Advocates in the state of Maine have succeeded in securing the required number of signatures to place a question on the November ballot…

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Still Higher Minimum Wage Mandates

Since the $15/hour minimum wage mantra first rang out from Seattle, we have heard a fairly steady drumbeat advocating that communities set it as the new norm.  Over time, the effort has succeeded in a number of areas.  Just this week, Walmart, long a target for the $15/hour activists, announced that the company will be…

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No Earned Sick Leave In Maine

At least for purposes of the next legislative session, the state of Maine will not be considering mandating paid sick leave for private employers.  Filed by Senator Anne Haskell of Portland, the earned sick leave proposal was rejected by the Legislative Council which determines annually which legislative filing will be considered in the subsequent legislative…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton’s, the Canadian coffee and donut franchise, has rather unceremoniously vacated parts of the state of Maine and areas of upstate New York.  The brand closed 6 stores in Portland without any advance notice and another sixteen in the Syracuse area of New York.  Tim’s has long tried to expand their reach into the…

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