Soda Taxes on the Campaign Trail

It started with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg prohibiting customers from purchasing soda in containers larger than 16 ounces, but the courts ultimately overturned his NYC soda ban.  With that door shut tight by the US Constitution, progressive local officials turned their sights on their taxing power and are now advocating special taxes…

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Minimum Wages Stays in the Forefront

The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage…

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Dual Forces: Speed and Accuracy Driving Sales at Dunkin’ Drive-Thrus

You learn a lot about drive-thrus after two dozen years as a Dunkin’ Donuts employee and franchise owner. For Monica Enright, operating partner of RCJFPA Management, Inc., owners of five Dunkin’ Donuts franchises in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, making the most of your drive-thru means giving it the attention it truly deserves. “At the end…

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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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A Recap From Pennsylvania

For those who operate in Pennsylvania and follow our efforts to balance the franchisee-franchisor relationship in the Keystone state, we’re glad to provide you with a link to the October 21 House Consumer Affairs Committee public hearing on H.1620. You can watch the full hearing here.

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Fair Franchising Heard in Pennsylvania

The House Consumer Affairs Committee took public testimony this week on H.1620, fair franchising legislation currently pending in the Pennsylvania House.  DDIFO joined the Coalition of Franchisee Associations along with the SuperCuts Franchisee Association in formal testimony before the committee and urged them to pass the proposal, which was filed by the Committee’s Minority Chairman,…

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Pennsylvania Hears Fair Franchising Bill

Coming quickly on the heels of the success in California, the Pennsylvania legislature will hold a public hearing next Wednesday before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on pending fair franchising legislation filed by state Representative Peter Daley, longtime legislator and former Quiznos franchisee.  Daley’s legislation, H.1620 (formerly known as H.1346), provides for many significant improvements…

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Pennsylvania to Hear Fair Franchising

HB 1620, filed in the Pennsylvania legislature by Representative Peter Dailey, a former Quiznos franchise owner, has been scheduled for a public hearing in another two weeks and we encourage as many DD franchise owners as possible to consider attending the public hearing.  The hearing will be held by the House Consumer Affairs Committee at…

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Fair Franchising Advances

Earlier this week, the Senate Business & Professions Committee gave its approval to AB-525, the California Franchise Relations Act.  As we’ve told you in past issues, the bill has been refined further this legislative session to eliminate concerns that Governor Jerry Brown expressed last year when he vetoed the bill at the 11th hour.  His…

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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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