Sweetening the Government’s Role

For the past year or so, some have focused attention on how much sugar the average American consumer ingests on a regular basis.  The genesis of this focus was arguably the 2012 push by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg to limit the size of sugary drink beverages that a restaurant could sell.  Since that…

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Philly Not Yet Sweet on Sugar Tax

In keeping with this new fixation on sugar intake, the City Council in Philadelphia has yet to get too sweet on Mayor Jim Kenney’s idea of taxing sugary beverages.  This week, there was word, albeit inaccurate, that a committee vote on the issue was planned for Wednesday, when in reality, the Council is expected to…

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Selling Business Tax Delinquencies?

Perhaps they’re hedging their bet “for the children”, or maybe just after the money, but on the more creative side of the ledger, town fathers in the City of Brotherly Love may be looking to cash in on business tax delinquencies by selling those debts to third party debt collectors.  The idea was initially floated…

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Wisconsin is Right-To-Work State, Again, For Now

In March of 2015, Governor Scott Walker signed the Wisconsin Right-to-Work bill into law, making the Wisconsin the 25th right-to-work state in the nation.  The law was challenged by organized labor and struck down last month by Dane County Circuit Judge William Faust, who also declined to stay his ruling pending appeal.  Notwithstanding his refusal…

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Tennessee Dumps Income Tax

It may be a few more years before it comes to fruition, but the Volunteer State finalized plans to eliminate its state income tax when Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law earlier this week.  The legislation (SB 0047), passed in the waning days of its 2016 session, provides that the income tax rate…

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Drive-by Lawsuit Hearing

It may be a while before we see real reform on one of the Coalition of Franchisee Association’s (CFA) top priorities, but at least we’ve begun the process.  The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice last week held a public hearing on the Americans with Disabilities Education and Reform Act (HR. 3765). …

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Dunkin’ Doings

Financial Review:  We’ve begun working a Dunkin Donuts shop level financial review and John Gordon, founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group, will present detailed findings at our DDIFO National Conference later this year. In the meantime, we will note some observations in Small Regular No Sugar! and other DDIFO publications throughout the coming months. One…

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And, Dunkin’ Doing To Baskins?

The Association of Independent Baskin Robbins Franchisee Owners (AIBRFO) filed suit in US District Court in Massachusetts Thursday against Baskin Robbins, LLC asking for relief and costs from a “commercial factor fee” that its franchisees have been paying for many years, levied through Dean Foods. This “commercial factor fee” is a special fee not relating…

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

The so-called Fight for 15, being directed, financed and staffed by labor union SEIU, is predicated on selling the notion that in every nook and cranny of the nation, a minimum wage of $15 is necessary for employees to attain a “livable wage”.  In Websters online dictionary, the “living wage” is generally defined as an…

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Competitor News

In their ongoing quest to develop a stronger and more consistent lunchtime customer, Starbucks began promoting an $8 “Power lunch” this week.  The limited time offer incorporates a choice from 24 items including sandwiches, panini, salads, or wraps among other items.  The options do not include coffee or tea.  Dairy Queen announced last week that…

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