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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NJ Governor Wants Millionaire Tax

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy continues to push for so many of the progressive programs and initiatives that were blocked in prior years by his republican predecessor, Chris Christie. This latest initiative, incorporated in the Governor’s $38.6 billion state budget for FY20, seeks to expand the universe of the multi-millionaire tax (incomes over $5 million)…

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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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Maine Advances Pay Equality, Mulls Sick Leave

At the state level, paid leave continues to crop up in State Capitols with Maine being only the latest example. The legislature’s Committee on Labor and Housing entertained a bill at a public hearing on Monday that would mandate businesses with more than 5 employees provide 5 days of paid leave annually. Similar legislation has…

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California Takes Sugary Beverage Fight To Next Level

The ‘Queen of all Nanny States’ is at it again – and with a vengeance this time! California legislators are entertaining 5 pieces of legislation that seek to restrict sugary beverage consumption in a host of ways – from taxing them to labeling them to limiting the size of sugary drinks. Proponents of the beverage…

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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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Cities/States Banning Cashless Stores

Within the past few weeks, both the city of Philadelphia and the state of New Jersey passed legislation mandating that retail establishments not refuse to accept payment in the form of cash. Opponents of cashless stores contend that enough people do not have credit cards or bank accounts to justify the legislation as a means…

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New York Expands Anti-Discrimination To Hairstyles

In the broad category of government mandates, New York seems to be “running away with it”! This week’s addition in the Big Apple comes from the New York City Commission on Human Rights, which is updating its rules for enforcing the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The new guidelines from the Commission specifically…

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New Jersey Doubles Paid Family Leave

Just weeks after signing legislation bumping up the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024, Governor Phil Murphy doubled the state mandated Paid Family Leave earlier this week. On Tuesday, Murphy signed an expansion of the paid family leave law increasing the amount of time an employee may take off under the law…

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