“Put Down the Straw! You’re Under Arrest!”

The latest environmental fad – banning or at least severely restricting the use of plastic (bags, food containers, cups, straws, etc.) – continues to ripple across the country and you may think I’m kidding, but the city of Santa Barbara has taken it to a whole new level. Last week, the Santa Barbara City Council…

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Competitor News

Canadian coffee chain Tim Horton’s announced this week that it is looking to expand in China in a big way with plans to open as many as 1500 new outlets over the next decade in the world’s most populous country. To reach that number, Tim’s parent RBI has partnered with private equity firm Cartesian Capital…

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First They Came for Our Styrofoam

A few years ago, the environmental rage was to push a ban on the use of polystyrene foam as a food and/or beverage container and to some degree, the effort is ongoing. Anne Arundel County in Maryland (vetoed by country executive), Concord and Santa Barbara in California have all recently advanced bans, and a ban…

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But, There’s Still Texas

Over the past few years, it seems as though the last bastion of protection of rights for Americans has come from one court or another in the state of Texas and perhaps that will ring true again on the aforementioned issue of plastic bag bans. . Notwithstanding the polystyrene foam bans, plastic bag bans and…

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Cuomo Looks To Ban Plastic Bags

Earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Cuomo, who is facing a democratic primary challenge from left-wing actress Cynthia Nixon and pressure from the Green Party on environmental issues, said the ban would apply to all single-use, plastic carryout bags at any point of sale in…

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Competitor News

Tim Horton’s hasn’t given up the fight with its own franchise owners notwithstanding that their sales have continued to fall in the US as well as across Canada. Earlier this month, parent Restaurant Brands International advised franchisees in a conference call that franchise owners would be expected to remodel and update their restaurants to the…

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Banned in Boston

That term actually originated back in the 17th century and mostly stemmed from the Puritan roots of Massachusetts’ earlier settlers. It generally referred to a literary work, song, picture or play that was prohibited from being distributed or exhibited in Boston because of “objectionable” content. Regrettably, it now more accurately illustrates the endless nanny-state leanings…

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Massachusetts Ballot Issues Advancing

The proponents are already claiming they’ve collected enough valid voter signatures in Massachusetts to put a couple of wage and paid leave proposals before the voters on the 2018 state ballot. The non-profit RaiseUp Massachusetts said last week that their wage ballot and paid leave measures each had more than double the required 64,750 valid…

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Tax it, Label it, Tether it!

In some ways, the state of California began the rush to apply additional punitive taxes to customers who buy “sugary beverages” when Berkeley voters passed a measure to apply a $.01 cent per ounce tax on purchase in 2014. Since that time, no fewer than 4 other communities in the Golden State have enacted it…

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New York, New York

Yes, start spreading the news . . . New York State may have reached the tipping point with liberal New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and some of his over-the-top edicts from on high! Last week, the legislature passed – and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law – a bill that places a moratorium…

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