DC Considering Changes to Paid Leave Mandate

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson announced a hearing on multiple paid leave bills which provide different funding mechanisms for the family leave bill that passed in December of 2016. The public hearing is scheduled for 10:30 AM on Tuesday, October 10. 10 at 10:30 am. The current law, which was passed by the DC Council in…

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Court Upholds Cook County Soda Tax

Although Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak had issued restraining orders previously against the new soda tax the county was imposing, it turned out to be a false hope as last Friday, Judge Kubasiak dissolved the injunction he had placed on the new penny-per-ounce levy that was to take effect July 1. When the injunction…

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A Ballot Trifecta

SEIU-backed Raise Up Massachusetts is looking to score on a trifecta of issues on the coming November ballot as the group filed two petitions with the Attorney General by Wednesday’s initial deadline.  The two petitions include increasing the Massachusetts minimum wage to $15 per hour, and mandating up to 26 weeks of paid sick leave.…

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Soda Tax Hearing Today, Philly Revenue Falls

The appeal of the soda tax as a revenue cure-all may be fizzing out a bit based on the money the new tax levy is bringing in in the City of Brotherly Love. Philadelphia officials this week acknowledged that actual revenue from the 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary drinks came in at $6.9…

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Soda Tax Appealed to PA High Court

Having been rejected at both the Court of Common Pleas (initial action) and just last month, the Commonwealth Court (appellate level), plaintiffs challenging the Philadelphia soda tax this week brought the issue to the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court. The American Beverage Association, along with the Pennsylvania Beverage Association and several other local business plaintiffs, appealed…

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No Break from Massachusetts Taxes

Pregnant or not, they’ll be no reasonable accommodation that costs Massachusetts its tax dollar! The state’s House of Representatives rejected the idea of a permanent weekend tax holiday when they passed and sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Senate. Representatives rejected a proposal to forego the sales tax every year on the third…

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Sick Leave Moving in Maryland

The paid sick leave mandate filed in North Carolina may have little chance of becoming law this session, but the outlook is completely different for the mandated benefit in the Maryland Assembly of Delegates. That democratically-controlled legislature has already moved the bill through the Assembly and on to the Senate for its deliberation. Maryland Governor…

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Killing the Death Tax

Just a few months ago, the pendulum was swinging far in the other direction, but now it appears there is more interest in fighting if not completely eliminating the federal Estate Tax, or as it is often called, the Death Tax. Back in the summer, we advised you of some significant proposed changes in IRS…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

As we’ve seen in the past on an array of different initiatives, a new government mandate in one community will soon be replicated elsewhere with the effect being a wave across the country.  The soda tax idea is just the latest in an unfortunately long line of taxes, regulations and mandates.  Aside from the Philadelphia…

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DC Council Passes Universal Leave

As expected, early this week the DC Council adopted the Universal Paid Leave Bill that received its initial approval on an 11-2 vote two weeks ago. This time around, the final tally was a veto-proof 9-4 after two councilors made a concerted but unsuccessful effort to amend the bill by swapping out the 0.62 payroll…

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