Bookend Cities Flex Their Muscle

Notwithstanding the unprecedented challenges that small businesses across the country have faced and will continue to confront as we (hopefully) come out of the coronavirus crisis over the next few months, municipal officials from the east coast to the west continue to dictate to businesses how they should be run, who they should employ and…

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Elections Have Consequences

In response to republican efforts to reach a compromise on his Obamacare proposal, President Barack Obama famously declared that “Elections have consequences, I won!”  Well, against that backdrop we would hasten to publicize a promise we heard from one of the democratic presidential candidates at the debate earlier this week. In his opening statement, New…

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Philadelphia Passes “Just Cause”

On a vote of 12-4, the Philadelphia City Council passed a just cause termination ordinance yesterday that would mandate that employers of parking employees must give a “just” cause or reason for terminating an employee, effectively outlawing “at will” employment in the City of Brotherly Love! Currently, the ordinance, which was filed by District 9…

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New York State of Mind

In building a file to produce Small Regular No Sugar on a weekly basis, extreme policies proposed, considered, or enacted in New York City are regular entries for consideration – some are held until further action, others dismissed because “there’s no way they can be serious!” Well, with yesterday’s announcement that NYC Mayor Bill de…

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Other State Issues to Watch

We tend to focus much of our efforts on the ‘bigger-ticket’ items that can most significantly impact our members, but we can’t lose sight of some lesser known, but equally impactful ideas as they percolate in different cities and states. A perfect example is currently being deliberated in New York City, where the City Council…

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Forcing Business into Submission

It’s no surprise that Amazon yesterday reversed its decision to locate its HQ2 in New York City, and not only because new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and other politicians bemoaned the online retailer creating all those jobs in Long Island City. It also seems a natural byproduct of the anti-business persona the city is adopting…

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