Upcoming Events

We have two meetings that members will want to attend before summer arrives – the first will be held at the Holiday Inn, Boardman, Ohio on May 21.  Registration for this meeting, which will feature franchisee attorney Pete Silverman, a partner with the firm Shulman, Loop & Kendrick in Toledo, Ohio, is now available on…

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Maine Is Legislative Hotbed

Although one might not normally identify the state of Maine as a hotbead of legislative activity, it is certainly fitting that bill thus far this year.  Maine’s pro-business Governor Paul LePage has been advocating legislation that would prohibit individual cities and towns from creating their own minimum wages, and representatives of his administration spoke in…

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Upcoming Events

DDIFO has confirmed our next few member meetings, taking us into the summer months.  Members in Ohio, Pennsylvania and surrounding environs will want to mark their calendars for May 21, when we will present “New NLRB Rules and Their Impact on Franchisees!” at the Holiday Inn in Boardman, Ohio.  The meeting will begin with our…

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Portland Campaign in Stereo!

Aside from the “Fight for 15” protests held this week and referenced above, we have two other locales to advise you of minimum wage initiatives.  On the west coast, a public hearing was held earlier this week in the Oregon State Capital on 10 bills pending in the legislature that would increase the minimum wage…

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Maine Governor Uses Veto Threat To Push Tax Reform

Maine Governor Paul LePage, arguably bringing tax reform initiatives to a new level, threatened to use his veto power on all legislation dealing with tax exemptions and tax breaks that the legislature sends him until such time as they take some kind of action on his own tax reform package that the Governor filed at…

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Maine Governor Pushes Ending Income Tax

Maine Governor Paul LePage last week announced that he will back a petition campaign to eliminate the state income tax entirely.  At a forum in Auburn, LePage blamed the income tax for many of the state’s problems and articulated his plan for a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state income tax forever.  His current…

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Maine Considers Host of Minimum Wage Bills

An array of bills seeking to increase the minimum wage in the state of Maine are under consideration by the legislature in the capital of Augusta.  The minimum wage battle is shaping up as a classic one in light of the fact that the recently re-elected popular republican Governor Paul LePage is advocating right to…

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Styrofoam Ban Pushed in Maine

Minimum wages are not the only issues being considered in the state of Maine as the Environment and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing earlier this week on a bill that will ban the use of Styrofoam food and beverage containers in the state.  Lincolnville democratic representative Christine Burstein filed the legislation which was the…

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Tough Sledding For Bangor Minimum Wage Increase

Last week, we reported on local legislation filed by Bangor Maine city councilor Joe Balducci to increase the minimum wage within the capital city of Maine to $8.25 by 2016 then jumping to $9.75 by 2018.  This week, however, we’re happy to report that there doesn’t seem to be much support for the proposal among…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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