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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Maine Legislation To House Floor in Spring

All indications from a timing standpoint seem to suggest that LD1458, Maine’s Small Business Investment Protection Act, reported out of committee for further study, will not reach the House floor for a vote until late March or maybe April.  Trying to predict when a bill will be considered on the floor is always a challenge,…

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Maine Legislation Still Awaiting House Floor Debate

No word yet of when Maine’s legislation, LD1458, will be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives.  You will recall that there were three reports coming from the Joint Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development vote on the legislation, the final being to further study the issue.  In light of that…

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Maine Fair Franchising Work In Progress

The Small Business Investment Protection Act, LD1458, was the subject of a committee work group meeting just yesterday, so we don’t have a full report on which to advise you yet.  Suffice it to say that the Maine legislative page reports that the matter was tabled, but we’ll have more information later today.  We apologize…

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