More Mid-term Analysis

As some of the midterm elections are still being debated and tabulated, we’re getting a much clearer picture on a host of ballot questions around the country. Democrats grabbed 7 new governorships along with 6 new chambers in state houses and 4 new Attorneys General, so the political landscape at the state level will change…

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Municipal Minimum Wage Workings

Minimum wages continue to be debated at the local level in some communities around the country. Tying the topic to the mid-term elections, Flagstaff Arizona voters rejected Proposition 418, which proposed to bring that city’s minimum wage in line with the rest of the state ($11 in 2019 & $12 in 2020), defeating a business-backed…

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Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Workshop

Advocates in the state of Maine are proving that ol’ adage now that Question 1 has been rejected by the voters. Just days after the initiative to add a 3.8% surcharge to incomes over the Social Security limit ($128,400/year) was rejected by voters in the election last week, the Maine People’s Alliance shifted their focus…

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Idle Hands, Indeed!

Back in June of this year when he stepped down as CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz responded to rumors that he was planning a run for the White House by simply stating he intended “to think about a range of options, and that could include public service. But I’m a long way from making any…

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Don’t Risk Your Network!

As evidenced here weekly in Small Regular No Sugar!, employment law issues and tax obligations can have a major impact on the success of your business. DDIFO will sponsor a regional meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday, December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport providing you with guidance on new tax obligations and employment…

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Miscellaneous

I have never understood the fixation so many of our progressive citizens have seemingly had with becoming Europe as seems to be their want. Universal health care? “Europe provides health care for all its citizens!” Paid Sick Leave? ‘all the nations in Europe offer paid sick leave to their workers’; Soda taxes? ‘Europe has them…

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Competitor News

Coming just a week plus after announcement of its Q4 earnings (Global SSS +3%, US +4%), Starbucks laid off as many as 350 corporate employees, approximately 5% of its total corporate workforce. The company’s progressive corporate reputation notwithstanding, one employee complained about the one hour notice she received to turn in all company equipment and…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Next week, as we enjoy time with our families to recognize and acknowledge the many gifts and blessings for which we are so thankful, we will not publish Small Regular No Sugar! The next issue will be published November 30th. Happy Thanksgiving to all our subscribers and their families!!

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Blue Wave Is Actually a Large Ripple

So the midterm elections are over and we now know that at least for the next two years, the democrats will control the US House of Representatives and the republicans will maintain control of the US Senate. Overall, democratic candidates for Congress flipped 27 seats, when they only needed 23 to wrest control from the…

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The US House Flips

Aside from the obvious impact of control of the US House going from the republicans to democrats relative to President Trump (House initiated investigations, possible impeachment articles, etc.), what might be some of the more impactful changes to the franchise industry as a result? First and foremost, we look at the potential new leadership of…

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