McDonald’s franchise owners are not a happy lot of late and they currently have the worst business outlook in over a decade according to the latest survey by Janney Capital Markets. The regular franchisee surveys, done to coincide with the company’s quarterly earnings report next week, survey 32 operators of 215 restaurants around the country. Notwithstanding the small survey size, the survey is perceived as a credible reflection of the “state of McDonald’s franchisee community”. Starbucks announced a few weeks ago that they have expanded their existing partnership with Arizona State University and will now make all 140,000 full and part-time employees eligible for their tuition reimbursement program. The program was begun last summer, but limited to only employees in their junior and senior college years.