Doctor Groups Target Sugary Drinks

Two medical advocacy groups joined the sugary drinks fray this week with issuance of a joint policy statement asking legislators to limit sugary drink consumption. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are endorsing price hikes on sugary drinks through imposition of new excise taxes as well as adopting limits on advertising…

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Going Cashless

As technology continues its unrelenting march forward, it is logical to envision more and more retail outlets and restaurants transitioning to cashless sales – even within brick-and-mortar stores. Well, that trend was just nipped in the bud in Philadelphia two weeks ago when the city council gave the final OK to a new ban on…

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Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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H-2B Expansion & New Overtime Rule

A bipartisan group of 11 US Senators are advocating that the Trump administration increase, yet again – this time, doubling – the number of H-2B visas available for the current fiscal year. Maine’s two Senators, Republican Susan Collins and Independent Angus King, wrote a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging DHS Secretary…

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Fair Workweek Bill Filed in Los Angeles

The City of Angels is the latest to consider adoption of Fair Workweek legislation with three city councilors filing a motion to enact fair workweek legislation last week. Council President Herb Wesson, along with Councilors Curren Price and Paul Koretz, announced the filing at a press conference last Friday. The motion, which was referred to…

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Paid Family Leave On the 2020 Agenda

Speaking of Paid Family and Medical Leave, expect legislation to mandate it as a paid benefit to have a prominent place in the buildup to the 2020 presidential election. As we know, President Trump (as recently as the State of the Union address on February 5) has expressed his support for some kind of federal…

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CT Governor Wants Soda & Plastic Bag Taxes –

On the subject of increasing taxes, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont put himself front and center with submission of his FY2020 state budget. The spending plan, which Lamont rolled out last week, includes a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages which he projected would raise over $163 million. Although a number of cities…

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More Minimum Wage Movements

Since we last updated our readers on minimum wage increases just a few weeks ago, there has been still more movement in a number of states toward the $15 per hour level. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, who has been brandishing his progressive credentials by signing a host of liberal measures, signed a new $15…

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More Bans To Come?

Speaking of government imposing bans on certain activities, we took note of a new possibility in the wake of Amazon shelving its plan to open part of its HQ2 in New York City. A number of states are looking at creating a compact that would prohibit those governments agreeing to the compact from offering financial…

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Pushing Paid Leave

Not stopping at increases to state minimum wages, a number of states appear poised to push for passing mandatory paid sick leave. Again in Virginia, paid family leave bills have been filed in both the Senate and the House of Delegates, despite both branches having slim republican majorities. As filed, both proposals would create a…

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