State Loan Programs

Aside from the loan and other financial components contained in the pending federal CARES Act, a number of states and cities are also looking to create and fund business loan programs to help get the economy back on track. Toward that end, 10 days ago the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program was launched…

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SCOTUS Expands I-9

In a 5-4 decision along ideological lines this week, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) expanded the potential use I-9 information for the potential prosecution of state crimes as well. The 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which created the I-9 form, states that the information “may not be used for purposes…

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Florida Supreme Court OKs Wage Question to Ballot

Shortly before Christmas, the Florida Supreme Court wrapped up and handed Orlando attorney/activist John Morgan a big present with its approval of a proposed state constitutional amendment that would increase the minimum wage in the Sunshine State to $15/hour in 2026. Morgan was instrumental in the drafting of the proposed amendment and has essentially been…

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Birmingham Wage Suit Dismissal Upheld

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the decision of the lower court dismissing a lawsuit challenging an Alabama law banning local minimum wages. The Birmingham City Council approved a local minimum wage ordinance back in 2016 setting the minimum wage in the city at $10.10 per hour. In response, the state legislature passed…

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E-Verify in Florida

A battle is brewing in the Sunshine State over a proposal endorsed by Governor Ron DeSantis to mandate the use of E-Verify by all employers in the state. E-Verify has been aggressively opposed by a number of business groups who allege such a state mandate would be expensive to their bottom line and unconstitutional. An…

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Florida, Chicago & Denver on Minimum Wages

As we’ve anticipated, the Florida Minimum Wage petition has met the signature threshold and is headed for the ballot in November 2020. The Florida Division of Elections has officially certified over 768,000 voter signatures (766,200 are required for 2020 petitions). The petition, which will appear on the 2020 ballot as Amendment 2, will increase the…

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Governor Vetoes NC Franchise Tax Cut

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper last week vetoed legislation that would have cut the tax rate on franchises in North Carolina. Protesting that the bill “prioritizes corporate tax cuts over investments in education . . .”, Governor Cooper vetoed S.B.578 which cut business franchise taxes at the same time that he signed a different tax…

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Florida Wage Question Clearing Signature Hurdle

The effort to put a minimum wage increase to $15 on the Florida ballot has moved that much closer to reality as advocates have submitted over 763,000 valid voter signatures already. Florida For a Fair Wage, the primary sponsor of the initiative, must to collect and submit at least 766,200 voter signatures by February to…

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Florida Wage Petition Closer to Ballot

With minimum wage increases staying in the forefront in a number of jurisdictions across the country, the state of Florida is likewise moving closer to putting the question of raising the state minimum wage on the November 2020 ballot. Florida for a Fair Wage, the primary PAC behind the measure, has thus far submitted just…

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