Prospects For Tax Extender Correction Dim

As we march closer to the end of the calendar and another presidential election year, the chances for corrective action by Congress to reinstate important tax extenders grows dimmer each week according to Ways & Means ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX). Several important tax incentives were erroneously eliminated by a drafting error in the Tax…

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States Pushing Their Own Overtime Rules

Despite such reasonable rulings on overtime and the methods for overtime calculations proposed by the Trump administration, a number of states are dramatically pushing the overtime limits at the state level. On Thursday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) charged the state labor department with expanding overtime eligibility across the state, using the Obama figure as…

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California Mandating Food Waste Bins

The extremism just doesn’t seem to stop out on the West Coast as California is now taking recycling to a whole new level with a new law that becomes effective next year. Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 827, which was referred to as the “Green Restaurants Bill”. The mandate…

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Non-Compete Ban Introduced in Senate

Well, in the current environment, the good news is that it proves democrats and republicans in the US Senate can actually work together on an issue. A week or so ago, democratic Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined republican colleague Senator Todd Young (R-IN) to jointly introduce legislation to limit the use of non-compete agreements. The…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve tried to do over the past several months, now seems a good time to advise you of state law changes that will be taking effect within a few weeks, on or around the first of November. Those of you who live or have business interests in Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Virginia might…

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Another Look at DC Soda Tax

Last week, we advised you that the DC Council amended the District sales tax in order to grab an extra 2% sales tax on the sale of sugary drinks. Without wasting any time at all, this week, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced a new measure that would replace the sales tax increase with a new excise…

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PRO Act Advances in House

By a straight party-line vote of 26-21, the US House Education and Labor Committee advanced the “Protecting the Right to Organize Act” (H.R.2474) out of committee and sent it to the full House for further deliberation. Filed by House Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA), the PRO Act would strengthen collective bargaining rights for workers in…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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Government That Governs Least – Not!

In the catalogue of government overreach, or nanny-state actions of late, we’d hasten to submit Oregon at the state level and old favorite San Francisco in the local community category. Just a few weeks ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law Senate bill 1019, which provides that beginning in the year 2024, all eggs…

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Senate Eyes September for Tax Extenders Fix

Senate Finance Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) this week released reports from 3 of 6 task forces established to review and advise on the tax extenders issue. Grassley and ranking minority member Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) are hoping for solutions on which of the tax breaks should be consolidated, made permanent or rejected. It is expected…

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