Richmond Meeting

We strongly encourage our members in the mid-Atlantic region to consider attending the DDIFO Member Meeting next Tuesday, April 21 at the Four Point Sheraton Hotel Richmond Airport.  We are thrilled to have Franklin Coley, Campaign Director for the Center for A New Economy and Attorney Douglas Duerr, a partner with the Atlanta-based law firm…

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Pennsylvania Looks To Go In Different Direction

It’s a long way from becoming law, but we’re glad to be able to report that the Pennsylvania Senate is at least considering the needs of small business as relates unnecessarily increasing labor costs.  We noted this week that the senate on a vote of 37 – 12 passed a bill that would overturn a…

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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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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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What’s Brewing: Fair Franchising, Obamacare, Wage Hikes, Labor Pains

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners looking for some basic protections for their businesses may soon have legislation to rally around in a number of states across the country. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California, among other states, are poised to take up the fair-franchising cause as spring legislative seasons kick into gear. While the bills vary in…

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Governor Wolf Looks to Cut Corporate Taxes

Pennsylvania’s chief executive is worried about the state economy rather than its convicts – he is advocating a dramatic cut in corporate tax rates by as much as 50%! New Governor Tom Wolf announced last week the tax cut plan, which would move Pennsylvania from 2nd place in highest corporate tax rates to 47th!   Among…

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Is Tax Cutting Getting Popular?

As state legislatures around the country begin their 2015 sessions in earnest, we couldn‘t help note that several are now looking at reducing tax burdens and making more of an effort to “live within their means”.  In his State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighted his “2015 Opportunity Agenda”, which calls…

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Now, On The Other Hand

What the Governors giveth, the locals taketh away – or so it seems.  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for state lawmakers to increase the minimum wage in the city by 44 percent.  In what was described as a “robustly liberal” speech, he advocated for increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2019…

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Mid-Atlantic District Meeting

In just under one week, DDIFO will get its 2015 member meetings program underway with the Mid Atlantic District Meeting being held at the Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel next Thursday, February 12.  The meeting will begin with lunch at noon and will conclude at 3:00 PM.  The program, Navigating the Uncharted Waters of…

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Paid Sick Leave Spreading Like the Flu

It began back in 2006 when San Francisco mandated paid sick leave for every worker in the city at a rate of 1 hour paid leave earned for every 30 hours worked.  It was followed by Washington, DC and Milwaukee just 2 years later.  (The Milwaukee law was never implemented and after Wisconsin Governor Scott…

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