Senate Advances Bill to Kill “Ambush Elections”

Well, the US Senate did its part this week when it advanced a resolution that would overturn the “ambush elections” rule published late last year by the National Labor Relations Board and scheduled to take effect on April 14.  The resolution, which passed by a 53 – 45 vote would invoke the Congressional Review Act…

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GMO Labeling Refiled in Congress

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have filed legislation again that would require the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The identical bills were filed respectively in the Senate (S.511) and the US House (HR. 913).  The Senate filing had 13 additional co-sponsors (all democratic Senators), while the House bill…

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Challenge to Obama Care Tax Credits Heard by SCOTUS

The US Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments this week on the issue of tax credits being utilized in the Affordable Care Act.  The issue stems from language in the health care law (“We have to pass the health care bill so we can find out what’s in it.” – then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi) that authorizes a…

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Georgia Governor Unilaterally “Bans the Box”

Although it does not specifically apply to private sector employment, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal this week issued a gubernatorial directive implementing “ban the box” regarding state employment in the state of Georgia. “Ban the Box”, being pushed on a national level, prohibits employers from using a criminal record as an automatic bar to employment.  Georgia…

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Governor Wolf Looks to Cut Corporate Taxes

Pennsylvania’s chief executive is worried about the state economy rather than its convicts – he is advocating a dramatic cut in corporate tax rates by as much as 50%! New Governor Tom Wolf announced last week the tax cut plan, which would move Pennsylvania from 2nd place in highest corporate tax rates to 47th!   Among…

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Upcoming Events

We would again remind you to sign up for the 2015 CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  The 2-day event will feature talks by prominent elected officials, Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), as well as Congressman…

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Right To Work Goes Before Assembly in Wisconsin

The proposed Right to Work bill that was passed last week by the state senate, was on yesterday’s agenda for the Wisconsin Assembly.  The branch is overwhelmingly republican controlled, so it is expected to pass and be sent to Governor Scott Walker, who has advised that he will sign it into law.  Walker came out…

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Other Big Box Retailers Look To Raise Minimums

Fresh on the heels of Wal-Mart announcing that they will increase their minimum wages across the company, we noted that others, including TJX Companies and Kohls have said they are looking at theirs and will be increasing them across their footprint as well.  Although one would hope this will stem the tide and allow the…

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Competitor News

The news may have been all about Dunkin’ selling K-cups, but Krispy Kreme also announced last week that they had reached a licensing agreement to roast and sell Krispy Kreme coffee in groceries, mass merchants and club stores.  It will also be available online at Amazon.com as well as ShopMZB.com.  In addition, Krispy Kreme also…

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New Dietary Guidelines Raise Ire

There were a number of stories about it in the Main Street Media as well, but the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted its recommendations to the US Health & Human Services Department as well as the US Department of Agriculture this past week and they didn’t go over real well.  The Committee, which was…

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