Senate Schedules Vote on “Dead” ‘Skinny’ Relief Bill

Despite reports of its demise until after the presidential election on November 3, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has scheduled a vote on another skinny $500 billion relief bill for next week. It would appear the upcoming vote on the $500 billion relief bill is an effort to force the democrat (Pelosi)-led US House to…

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SBA Simplifies PPP Forgiveness

Notwithstanding whether or not Congress will pass as new relief bill and re-fund the Paycheck Protection Program as referenced above, the Small Business Administration (SBA) last week released a simpler loan forgiveness application and process for program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. In concert with the Department of the Treasury, the SBA said the…

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Cuomo Giveth and de Blasio Taketh Away?

Or is it the other way around? Either way, as they wrestle with their competing God complexes, it’s the private business owners in the Big Apple that are suffering. Just a few days after New York City restaurants were allowed to begin a (very) limited reopening process (25% indoor capacity), New York Mayor de Blasio…

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Health Experts Pushing $15 New York Minimum Wage

Despite the ongoing difficulties restaurant owners across the country are experiencing as a result of the ongoing coronavirus shutdowns and re-shutdowns as above, public health ‘experts’ in New York are now urging Governor Cuomo to raise the state minimum wage for all restaurant workers – whether they want it or not – to $15 per…

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CFA Congressional Town Hall Coming Next Week

The next installment of the Coalition of Franchisee Association (CFA) Virtual Congressional Town Hall series will be held on Tuesday, October 20 beginning at 3:00 PM EST on Zoom. This Town Hall event will feature Oklahoma Congressman Kevin Hern, a former farmer and McDonald’s franchisee who understands well the franchising industry. There is no fee…

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Florida Wage Increase Ballot Campaign Tightens

Speaking of efforts to mandate increases in state minimum wages, the latest polling on the Florida minimum wage ballot initiative shows the effort is not as sure a winner as was originally projected. Amendment 2 on the November ballot, which would increase the state current minimum wage of $8.56 per hour to $10 per hour…

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Illinois Transparency Report Coming Due Soon

The new Workforce Transparency Act, signed into law by Governor Pritzker back in August of 2019, amended the Illinois Human Rights Act, eliminating the previous 15 employee threshold and imposing a new reporting requirement on all employers in the state. Under the amended provisions, all employers must report to the Illinois Department of Human Rights…

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Economic Reports

State revenues have plummeted since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in mid-March to the tune of an estimated $31 billion in lost tax revenues thus far. Further, the analysis by the Urban Institute points to a 6.4 percent reduction in revenue through the month of August, with greater losses possible as coronavirus shutdowns continue…

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Hawaii Residents to Receive Gift Cards

Hawaii, which last month took “ban the box” policies to a whole new level when Governor David Ige signed a law limiting employer questions about criminal convictions to only the last seven years, is planning to distribute $500 gift cards to residents. Eligible residents, which will include those state residents that applied for unemployment benefits…

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New Relief Bill Dead Until After Election

As has been widely reported, President Trump has called off further negotiations with the House over another round of COVID relief legislation coming out of Congress, pointing to the alleged intransigence of House leadership to negotiate in good faith. Consequently, with only 26 days until the Presidential election (but possibly months until a winner is…

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