NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy continues to push for so many of the progressive programs and initiatives that were blocked in prior years by his republican predecessor, Chris Christie. This latest initiative, incorporated in the Governor’s $38.6 billion state budget for FY20, seeks to expand the universe of the multi-millionaire tax (incomes over $5 million)…

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Maine Advances Pay Equality, Mulls Sick Leave

At the state level, paid leave continues to crop up in State Capitols with Maine being only the latest example. The legislature’s Committee on Labor and Housing entertained a bill at a public hearing on Monday that would mandate businesses with more than 5 employees provide 5 days of paid leave annually. Similar legislation has…

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California Takes Sugary Beverage Fight To Next Level

The ‘Queen of all Nanny States’ is at it again – and with a vengeance this time! California legislators are entertaining 5 pieces of legislation that seek to restrict sugary beverage consumption in a host of ways – from taxing them to labeling them to limiting the size of sugary drinks. Proponents of the beverage…

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Cities/States Banning Cashless Stores

Within the past few weeks, both the city of Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey passed legislation mandating that retail establishments not refuse to accept payment in the form of cash. Opponents of cashless stores contend that enough people do not have credit cards or bank accounts to justify the legislation as a means…

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More Bans To Come?

Speaking of government imposing bans on certain activities, we took note of a new possibility in the wake of Amazon shelving its plan to open part of its HQ2 in New York City. A number of states are looking at creating a compact that would prohibit those governments agreeing to the compact from offering financial…

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California Mandates Retirement Plans

California has again gone one better in the mandate department as the Golden State now requires employers with at least five employees to offer access to a retirement plan for their employees. Under the CalSavers law, covered employers that do not already offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan, will be required to begin offering a retirement…

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Targeting Success

Newly announced presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has gotten much of the coverage on raising taxing of late with her plan to levy a 2% tax on assets over $50 million, but failed 2016 (and likely 2020) democratic Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is determined to penalize success as well. Staying in class…

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QSR Union Growing

Less than a year after employees at one unit of a QSR chain in Portland Oregon voted to unionize, a third store in the Burgerville franchise won NLRB approval in December as a separate bargaining unit. Three of the brand’s 42 stores across the Pacific Northwest are now organized as micro-unions and recognized by the…

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Forcing Business into Submission

It’s no surprise that Amazon yesterday reversed its decision to locate its HQ2 in New York City, and not only because new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and other politicians bemoaned the online retailer creating all those jobs in Long Island City. It also seems a natural byproduct of the anti-business persona the city is adopting…

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Portland & Augusta Both Looking At Paid Leave

One question might be where will it be enacted first, as the Portland City Council and the Maine state legislature are both considering adoption of paid sick leave mandates for private businesses.  The statewide legislation, LD369 filed by Senator Rebecca Millett, is similar to legislation she has filed in the past. It would apply to…

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