Maryland Governor Files Sick Leave Bill

As a further case in point as to the spread of paid sick leave, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced he will file two paid sick leave bills for consideration during the upcoming legislative session. Last session, the Maryland legislature passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, a sick leave bill which Hogan vetoed as being…

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Tax Reform Tops the List

As we’re all no doubt aware, the tax reform debate is THE top issue being discussed currently in the Nation’s Capital. Yesterday, the US House advanced its tax reform legislation and sent it to the US Senate by a vote of 227 – 205. The bill as approved by the House represents a tax cut…

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It’s the Economy…

With cable and online news outfits reporting on events 24/7/365, it should be easy for the viewing American public to find the really meaningful stories at any hour of the day or night. But the sheer volume of “news,” often offered without any filter or verification, is making it more difficult to separate the journalistic…

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Inside House Tax Reform

Speaking of the work of the CFA, they sent out a summary recently of the key provisions contained in the House Tax Reform proposal, The Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Currently being marked up in the House Ways & Means Committee, the legislation provides for a reduction in tax brackets from 7 to 4 with…

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House Passes Budget

This week, while the Coalition of Franchisee Associations met in Washington DC (although I’m sure it was just coincidental), the US House of Representatives passed an amended version of the Senate budget, paving the way for the introduction of significant tax reform legislation as a topic of discussion.  The budget legislation is a far cry…

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MA Retailers Push Tax Cut

In Massachusetts, one of the blue-est of blue states, it may be the ultimate longshot, but the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) is undeterred and moving forward with a ballot initiative to lower the state sales tax. Currently pegged at 6.25 percent, the state sales tax would drop to 5% effective January 2018 if the…

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Disaster Relief Signed Into Law

Last Friday, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Relief and Airport and Airway Expansion Act of 2017. Don’t let the airport references in the title fool you, the significance of this bill for small business owners is the relief it provides for those whose businesses were devastated by recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The…

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Business Challenges MA Millionaire Tax Question

Business interests in Massachusetts, led by the Massachusetts High Tech Council, Associated Industries of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation among others, have initiated litigation challenging the placement of the so-called Millionaire Tax on the state ballot in November. The action, filed with the state Supreme Court this week, asks the court to declare the…

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Advancing Tax Reform

President Trump has raised the prospect of significant tax reform and pushed the Congress to focus on passing tax reform measures quickly. Anticipating the release of a tax reform bill and working to advance the tax priorities of franchisees across the country, the Job Creators Network (JCN) and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)…

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Seattle Mayor Resigns, Millionaire Tax Challenged

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who dropped his campaign for reelection back in May, resigned this week as Mayor in the face of the fifth person (this one his younger cousin) coming forward to accuse him of child sexual abuse. Murray officially vacated the office effective at 5PM on Wednesday and City Council President Bruce Harrell…

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