The 2020 Presidential campaign comes down to a precious few days now as the polls – early voting, mail-in and in-person – all will close on Tuesday. If you haven’t yet done so, please be sure to get out and vote on November 3. An integral part of exercising that critical civic responsibility is understanding the positions of the candidates on the issues of greatest import to you and to the nation! Toward that end, the International Franchise Association (IFA) produced an excellent summary of the Presidential candidates and their position on franchise issues. At the same time however, there are a number of other issues that have been discussed throughout this campaign that the IFA did not address in their comparison but we feel it important for voters to consider. Regarding raising the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, Joe Biden staunchly supports a federal minimum wage of $15 per hour and wants the tip credit eliminated. Conversely, President Trump has verbalized general support for an increased minimum wage in the past, but most recently proposed that such decisions are best made at the state level. On the broader subject of unionizing, there are significant differences between the two camps as well. Biden has billed himself as a union ally who if elected, will advocate for bills to vastly expand workers’ ability to form unions and amp up the consequences that employers could face if they violate labor laws. In fact, a Biden administration would enact a coronavirus-specific emergency temporary OSHA standard laying out specific safety rules that business must follow to protect workers from COVID-19 exposure and would prohibit right to work laws. President Trump, who in the past has been strongly supportive of right to work laws (now effective in 28 states), has spent much of his term in office “cutting red tape” and reducing regulations that have generally been obstructions to business. Furthermore under Trump, OSHA has not issued any coronavirus-specific safety rules because they argue businesses need flexibility to navigate the changing information and realities of the virus. It goes without saying that the candidates differ on almost every other issue as well, but one will be our nation’s leader for the next four years, so learn the issues – and VOTE!