Ballot Questions Abound

Aside from the Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional elections on the ballot on Tuesday, there are also a broad array of ballot questions that may have a significant impact on business interests – now and/or in the future across the country. We want to highlight a few of these for you. We’ve advised you in past…

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Of COVID Refunds, Rebates, Curfews and Such

Restaurant owners out in California have initiated formal requests for rebates on funds they’ve paid to the state, county or municipality for permits, liquor fees, etc. since they have not been legally able to operate. Currently, most restaurants in the state are limited to 25% of capacity, and even under the best of COVID circumstances,…

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California Getting Tougher on Business

In the overall scheme of things, one has to wonder what’s happening in and to California. Aside from expanding the scope of family and medical leave mandates on employers and the rolling blackouts it’s experienced this year, the state is clearly going in different directions from the rest of the country. A new version of…

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Worker Recall and Retention Laws

Another worker protection idea that is being replicated around the country is different state and municipal versions of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Act (WARN Act). We told you a few weeks ago about the Maryland mini-WARN taking effect yesterday. Well, there’s plenty of action elsewhere on similar laws. In New Jersey, the state’s…

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California Court Dismisses Prop 65 Lawsuit

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has finally put an end to a nine-year old court case in California where the Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT) challenged a state regulation issued by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) exempting chemicals in coffee from being listed as carcinogens as required…

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Colorado Tax Cut Cleared for Ballot

A citizen-driven initiative petition to cut both the corporate and individual income tax rates in the state of Colorado has cleared the requisite hurdles and qualified for the November ballot. Backers of Initiative 306, “State Income Tax Rate Reduction”, submitted a total of 198,538 signatures to the office of the Colorado Secretary of State this…

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California Eyeing Retroactive Tax Hike

As many, if not most states, focus on how they can revive business and get their economies back on track, elected officials in the California legislature are looking at going in a different direction. Senators in the California Senate resurrected and amended AB 1253 two weeks ago recommitting it to the Committee on Government and…

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West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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Missouri Cuts, Colorado Hikes Stimulus Tax Issues

The states of Missouri and Colorado this week took very different actions relative to the impact of federal stimulus payments for the coronavirus pandemic will have on the state’s taxpayers. In the Show Me State, republican Governor Mike Parson signed a bipartisan tax bill that excludes stimulus payments authorized by the CARES Act from being…

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Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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