Colorado Tax Cut Cleared for Ballot

A citizen-driven initiative petition to cut both the corporate and individual income tax rates in the state of Colorado has cleared the requisite hurdles and qualified for the November ballot. Backers of Initiative 306, “State Income Tax Rate Reduction”, submitted a total of 198,538 signatures to the office of the Colorado Secretary of State this…

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California Eyeing Retroactive Tax Hike

As many, if not most states, focus on how they can revive business and get their economies back on track, elected officials in the California legislature are looking at going in a different direction. Senators in the California Senate resurrected and amended AB 1253 two weeks ago recommitting it to the Committee on Government and…

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West Coast Wonders

Oakland joined California neighbors, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week, when it gave final approval to a Right to Recall ordinance that gives laid off employees in the restaurant and hospitality industries the specific right to get their job back when their employers reopen. The local mandates, which also apply to the airline, event…

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Missouri Cuts, Colorado Hikes Stimulus Tax Issues

The states of Missouri and Colorado this week took very different actions relative to the impact of federal stimulus payments for the coronavirus pandemic will have on the state’s taxpayers. In the Show Me State, republican Governor Mike Parson signed a bipartisan tax bill that excludes stimulus payments authorized by the CARES Act from being…

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Paying for the Pandemic in Cities

City governments are constantly lamenting the loss of tax and other revenues and are now mapping plans to restore their revenue streams whether there’s more federal money or not. Too often, that means increased taxes for the business community.  As a case in point, amid widespread opposition, the DC Council preliminarily approved a FY21 budget…

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Face Coverings around the Footprint

There were only a handful of locations mandating face coverings just a few months ago, but now it is more the rule than the exception. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida are just the latest to now mandate facemasks be worn in public as the virus continues to spike in a number of southern and…

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Colorado Bans Non-Cage-Free Eggs

In what will inevitably increase the costs of eggs over the long haul, Colorado Governor Jared Polis last week signed into law a bill prohibiting the sale of conventionally produced eggs beginning in 2025. The legislation was passed to ward off an effort by animal liberation activists to put a more restrictive measure on the…

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Idaho Paying “Back To Work” Bonuses

Apparently in response to the federal government giving $600 bonuses to workers laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Idaho has decided to ‘see that bet and raise it’ to $1500 in order to wean the unemployed off the $600 bonus with a $1500 one. Idaho Governor Brad Little has announced the…

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Tale of Two Approaches

As Congress gets closer to possibly another economic recovery legislation, and the clamor to date has been for as much a $1 trillion in relief to state and local government, we’ve now entered FY 2021 budget. With tax receipts significantly reduced, every state and local government is facing some tough budget decisions. A quick look…

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What’s Brewing: Jobs Recovery, COVID-19 Regulations, Employee Health, Wage Hikes

It was never easy running a quick-service franchise. But over the past few months, the lives of Dunkin’ franchise owners have gotten infinitely more complicated. Franchisees already had their hands full before the coronavirus crisis hit keeping customers happy, keeping employees satisfied, and keeping bottom lines healthy—all while negotiating the challenges posed by various federal,…

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