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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Court Dismisses Challenge to Philly Soda Tax

Philadelphia has won Round 1 of its fight with the beverage industry to preserve the 1.5 cents per ounce tax it imposed on sugary drinks back in June.  In a 14 page decision, Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer dismissed the legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT) brought by the American Beverage Association and…

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Salary History Is the New Taboo

When government officials were up in arms over employment questions about criminal records, may it was orange, but today there can be little doubt that salary history is the new black! Last year, Massachusetts started the trend by banning questions about salary history on employment applications so as not to “facilitate income inequality”, but now…

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Soda Taxes Go 4 For 4

Ballot initiatives to impose additional taxes on sugary drinks went undefeated on Election Day as four more local communities (3 in California) passed the initiatives.  San Francisco, along with Albany and Oakland all passed sugary drink taxes, mimicking the first-in-the-nation soda tax enshrined in Berkeley back in 2014.  These measures, each of which assess an…

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PA Supreme Court Won’t Expedite Soda Tax Case

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is pretty much going to let the Philadelphia soda tax take effect as scheduled on January 1, 2017 after denying a petition by the American Beverage Association among other plaintiffs for an expedited hearing.  Recall that back in June of this year, the city of Philadelphia passed a tax of 1.5…

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Cook County, Again

Maybe they’re enjoying the notoriety of adopting more and more progressive laws (paid sick leave law 3 weeks ago and the above-referenced minimum wage), but the Cook County Board is apparently looking for more. Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants the county to adopt a tax of $.01 per ounce on soda and other sugary…

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Tax Happy on a Global Level

As if it’s not enough of a burden to fight local, state & federal government efforts to endlessly increase taxes on consumers across the country, now the international community is putting in its two cents!  Recall that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg got the ball rolling with his 2012 proposal to ban outright…

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Colorado Rocky Mountain High

The late John Denver only sang of a metaphorical “Rocky Mountain High” – post-legalized recreational marijuana, it seems far more tangible today! A ballot initiative in Boulder Colorado that would impose a tax of $.02 per ounce on sugary drinks sold within the city is being challenged by residents.  The city council approved placing the…

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Paid Sick Leave Germ Spreading in California

Maybe it’s the sunshine, or the “healthy living”, but mandated sick leave is spreading to more communities in the Golden State as next month three major municipalities will foist the mandated benefit onto private employers beginning July 1.  The state of California began mandating paid sick leave one year ago – after meeting a 30…

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Philadelphia Enacts Sugary Drink Tax

Since it had already passed a preliminary vote last week, it is not surprising that the Philadelphia City Council voted yesterday to impose a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks sold in the City of Brotherly Love.  On a 13 – 4 vote, the council gave Mayor Jim Kenney the victory on a reduced tax…

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