Prospects For Tax Extender Correction Dim

As we march closer to the end of the calendar and another presidential election year, the chances for corrective action by Congress to reinstate important tax extenders grows dimmer each week according to Ways & Means ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX). Several important tax incentives were erroneously eliminated by a drafting error in the Tax…

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More Than One Way To Win An Election!

So at first, there are allegations of voter fraud and the like, then the obligatory calls for recount, and now the new legal phenomenon of “vote harvesting” but after all that fails, just have lame duck legislators change the powers the elected winners will have once they assume office! That is precisely what is happening…

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Retaliating Against Rauner

Early on as the Janus case wound its way through the court system in Illinois, Governor Bruce Rauner was front and center to have the “fair share fee” funding mechanism struck down. In fact, Rauner announced in 2015 that he would pursue the issue along with plaintiff Mark Janus, but ultimately the governor was removed…

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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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Election Day is Tuesday, November 8

I suspect that all of our readers are aware that next Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day across the country – but, at this address, we believe it too important to leave your participation to chance.  There is no other way, nor better time, to influence public policy than by exercising your constitutional right to…

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Obama Targets ‘Unfair’ Noncompete Agreements

The Obama administration last week announced a new target when the White House released a report suggesting that oftentimes, noncompete clauses are “unfair”.  They allege that in many instances, “unfair” agreements limit worker mobility, inhibit a worker’s bargaining power and can stifle innovation.  These may not be things that concern most of our subscribers, but…

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Legislative Sessions Starting Anew

Now that our calendar has turned to 2016, many state legislatures will be convening in new sessions over the coming weeks.  In fact, fourteen states have already opened their 2016 sessions while an additional 19 will begin their 2016 work next week.  By the end of this month, legislatures will be convened in 37 of…

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Vermont Angling for Paid Sick Leave

Although (thankfully) their legislative session has ended for this year, the state of Vermont is already angling to pass a sick leave mandate onto private employers during the 2016 session.  That objective was announced by lame duck Governor Peter Shumlin along with current Speaker of the House and 2016 gubernatorial candidate Shap Smith at a…

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Fight for $15 Protests . . . Again

SEIU-financed “worker protests” pushing for a minimum wage of $15/hour were held again across the country this week with organizers claiming the largest low-wage worker protest in history.  That may be quite the qualifier, but notwithstanding, Fight for $15 claims that as many as 60,000 people were involved in the latest round of protests, with…

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GOP Pushes Business Tax Cut through Divided House

Republicans rammed an election-year, $46 billion tax cut for most of America’s employers through the House on Thursday, ignoring a White House veto threat in a debate both parties used to show voters how they would bolster the economy.

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