Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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The Flip Side of the Union Organizing Coin

Notwithstanding efforts by “zealous advocates for social change” and others around the country, we’re encouraged now and then to see public officials advocating a return to a freer economic market that can produce real economic benefits.  In that vein, so-called Right to Work legislation appears to be gaining ground in a couple of different states. …

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Newest Tax Climate Index – Trick or Treat!

As our children prepare to celebrate Halloween this evening, businesses across the country are being subjected to the governmental version of tricks & treats, as well, depending upon the state within which they operate their businesses.  The Tax Foundation released their annual Tax Climate Index this week identifying states by their business-friendliness rating.  For the…

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More Employment Law Issues On The Horizon

As minimum wage issues continue across the country, we note more states are now looking at expanding non-wage benefits for employees and putting additional restraints on business employment practices.  Back on the east coast, the Massachusetts Senate this week approved a bill barring employers from requiring workers or job applicants from disclosing their social media…

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Styrofoam Bans Back in The News

Portland Maine, which has been debating and deliberating since last September a ban on polystyrene foam for beverage cups and food containers adopted the ordinance earlier this week by a 6 – 3 vote.  The council action came after what was described as two hours of impassioned debate and sharply divided testimony on Monday evening. The…

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Bans on the The East Coast As Well

As proof that not all anti-business initiatives are borne on the West Coast, the Portland (Maine) City Council has resurrected a proposal to ban styrofoam beverage cups and food containers within its city limits.  The proposal, which would amend Chapter 12 of the city code, was initially suggested by Councilor Ed Suslovic, Chairman of the…

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Maine Fair Franchising Passes House But Dies in Senate

The good news is that a significant effort to restore some balance to the Franchisor/Franchisee relationship paid dividends when the Maine House of Representatives voted to adopt Minority Report “B” on Monday of this week, thereby endorsing our fair franchising legislation!  The other shoe dropped however, on Wednesday when the Maine State Senate killed the initiative by…

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Senate Looks To Move Minimum Wage

Although it’s unlikely that the Senate will move favorably on the Save American Workers Act, quite the contrary is true on the subject of increasing the federal minimum wage.  In fact, the Senate is reportedly getting close to bringing the issue to the floor for a vote to increase the federal minimum from its current…

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Coffee News Fighting Fair Franchising Again

Back when fair franchising legislation was first introduced in the Maine Legislature, Bill Buckley, the President of Coffee News which is headquartered in Bangor, Maine, was out front and very vocal in his opposition, even going so far as to allege it could end franchising in Maine.  Well, this week, Buckley was again in the…

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