Tough Sledding For Bangor Minimum Wage Increase

Last week, we reported on local legislation filed by Bangor Maine city councilor Joe Balducci to increase the minimum wage within the capital city of Maine to $8.25 by 2016 then jumping to $9.75 by 2018.  This week, however, we’re happy to report that there doesn’t seem to be much support for the proposal among…

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Florida District Meeting

In just two weeks, DDIFO will welcome our southeast members to the Orlando District meeting on February 26 at the Four Points by Sheraton Orlando Studio City Hotel.   This program, which will focus on ramifications of the Affordable Care Act its application for Dunkin’ franchise owners.  The program will feature nationally renowned franchise attorney Robert…

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Northeast Regional Member Meeting

Plans are well under way for Northeast Regional meeting to be held on March 5 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham, Mass.  DDIFO Restaurant Analyst John Gordon will be one of the day’s presenters and we’re finalizing the rest of the program now.  Registration for the Northeast Regional Meeting is also…

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CFA Lobby Day Forum

Don’t forget to register for the CFA Day Forum at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC on March 24 – 25, 2015.  CFA this week confirmed another top speaker for the closing luncheon on Capital Hill.  Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) will join Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) in addressing the franchisees in attendance.  Senator Fischer…

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Multi-Unit Franchising Conference & DDIFO Discount

The 2015 Multi-Unit Franchising Conference will be held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas April 8 – 10.  DDIFO leader Rob Branca is the 2015 MUFC Chairman and DDIFO members may register for the event at the discounted rate of $495 by using the special discount promo code, BrancaDD15.  Hotel registrations should be made using…

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Dunkin’ Doings

Last week, Dunkin’ reported on their relatively uneventful Q4 earning, exceeding the revenue target by $2 million, but missing the adjusted earnings target by $.01.  This week, we can provide a bit more in-depth commentary from our restaurant analyst, John Gordon of Pacific Management Consulting Group.  There were bright spots: Baskin US at +9.3% same…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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Still More From Cities

Aside from minimum wage issues, mandated paid sick leave continues to make news as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who previously vetoed mandatory sick leave (twice!) has now signed on to the notion as his Chief of Staff informed the press.  With that nod from the Mayor, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services unanimously…

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GMO Labeling Is On Tap in Minnesota

It’s on the books in Vermont (but the subject of pending litigation) and Connecticut and Maine have authorized it if neighboring states require it, but now the state of Minnesota has positioned itself as the first state outside New England to consider legislation mandating the labeling of all food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The…

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