Virginia Governor “Bans the Box” and . . .

Virginia may be for lovers as the bumper stickers say, but it also got a lot better for those with criminal records last week as the Governor issued a so-called ban the box Executive Order governing all state employment applications.  Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order 41 on April 3 and it became effective immediately…

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Maine Governor Uses Veto Threat To Push Tax Reform

Maine Governor Paul LePage, arguably bringing tax reform initiatives to a new level, threatened to use his veto power on all legislation dealing with tax exemptions and tax breaks that the legislature sends him until such time as they take some kind of action on his own tax reform package that the Governor filed at…

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At the State Level

As legislative sessions begin to get more involved, we’re seeing more action now in state houses across the country.  The Maine legislature recently hosted a packed public hearing at which they took testimony on a number of different proposals to increase the minimum wage by various amounts.  Negotiations are now underway to find a suitable…

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Maryland Kills Price Bill on Sugary Drinks

Maryland legislators last week killed a proposal that would have required restaurants to charge more for certain sugary drinks sold with children’s meals.  The legislation, HB 1090, was filed by Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn in the House and a companion bill by Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.  It was rejected again this session by the House…

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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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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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Right To Work Advances in Wisconsin

A proposed Right To Work law in the Wisconsin legislature passed the Senate on a 17 – 15 vote and was sent to the Assembly for its deliberation.  The Right to Work bill, which is expected to pass the Assembly and will be signed by Governor Scott Walker, prohibits any employer from requiring the payment…

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US House Passes Permanent Section 179 Expensing Bill

It was one of the so-called “tax extenders” that have been allowed to expire in each of the past two years, only to be retroactively reinstated.  At long last, the US House has moved the issue forward again and passed legislation that will make the accelerated and bonus depreciation deductions permanent.  The legislation, known as…

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Coalition Created To Preserve Existing Definition

On the subject of the “joint employer” issue, a host of national business groups have joined forces to create the “Coalition to Save Local Businesses”.  The coalition was announced this week in Washington, DC. and is comprised of  the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Restaurant Association, the National Retail Federation, the Coalition of Franchisee…

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Table For 2 At The Food Truck??

A bill has been filed in the North Carolina legislature that will allow food trucks operating in the state to offer seating to their customers.  The legislation, filed in the NC General Assembly by state Senator Jerry Tillman, allows a food stand to provide tables and chairs for customers without obtaining a restaurant permit.  We…

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