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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East Coast Elections 2015

State and local elections were replete with minimum wage ballot issues in a host of venues across the country this week.  We can report on some good results, some not so good, and some activities to be highlighted in the future.  On the positive side of the ledger, the voters in Portland Maine rejected a…

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Minimum Wage Staying in the News

As election day draws closer in municipalities across the country, the issue of raising state and local minimum wages continues to percolate in a number of communities.  In the Philadelphia Mayoral race to be decided next Tuesday, democratic candidate and former city councilor Jim Kenney endorsed increasing the city’s $12 minimum wage to a higher…

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Portland Advances Minimum Wage Ballot Issue

A ballot campaign is now underway after the Portland Maine City Council placed a ballot initiative, sponsored by the “Portland Green Independent Committee” on the ballot for the November election.  “An Ordinance Toward a Living Wage”, which will appear on the Portland ballot will ask voters to establish a local minimum wage of $15/hour starting…

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Maine Governor Champions Citizen Petition

Maine Governor Paul LePage joined the Maine republican party to announce an effort to couple welfare cuts with a proposal to eliminate the state income tax in a citizen petition on the November ballot.  Maine is one of a few states that actually allow multiple topics to be included in one citizen initiative ballot petition,…

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