As I Say, Not As I Do

Union supporter and candidate in the democratic primary for Congress from the 27th District in Florida, David Richardson hopes to replace retiring republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and has pointed to his strong support for unionization as one tenet of his campaign. In fact, Richardson promises that if elected, he will “oppose efforts that are anti-union…

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Minimum Wage Roller Coaster

An increase in the Louisiana minimum wage suffered the same fate as pay equity legislation when the senate voted down a bill that would have increased the state minimum wage to $8 in 2019 and $8.50 in 2020. Louisiana is one of only 5 states that do not have a state minimum and hence, defer…

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Florida Franchisee Protection Bill Advances

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries in the Florida legislature passed the Small Business Parity Act out of committee by a vote of 5-4 earlier this week. The bill (SB 1076) is similar but more limited than the 2017 Florida Small Business Protection Act, which also was passed by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee but…

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Right to Work, The Next Level

Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that would decertify public service unions whose dues-paying membership falls below 50%. Exempting unions that represent police officers, prison guards and firefighter, the bill (HB25) would cover all other public employee unions. The bill is considered a long shot to become law, especially in the…

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The Community is Her Business

When people come into Pat Barnett’s Dunkin’ Donuts shops, they are likely to see something they don’t see in other coffee shops or quick service restaurants. Barnett hires people some might consider unemployable, people with disabilities that may overshadow their abilities. “I hire them so they can feel good about themselves,” she says. “I want…

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After Irma

In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in many parts of the state of Florida, we noted the Florida Governor Rick Scott last week launched an interest-free bridge loan program for Florida businesses in the 67 counties affected by the massive storm. The program, which will be run by the Florida Department…

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Florida Governor Hopes To Make Tax Hikes Harder

It is a completely different type of ballot initiative campaign that Florida Governor Rick Scott is undertaking. Scott recently announced plans to push for an amendment to the state constitution that would require a supermajority in order for state taxes to be increased. Scott, who is term-limited out of office this year and expected to…

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Florida Franchise Sponsor Responds to IFA

Senator Jack Latvala, who is the chief sponsor of Senate bill 750 to address the imbalance in the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida, is the sitting Chairman of the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee. In addition, Senator Latvala enjoys a seat on the powerful Senate Rules Committee, so he knows a bit about writing and moving legislation…

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