Dismantling Obama Care

The United States Senate passed a fiscal 2017 budget resolution early Thursday, the first step in the process of repealing Obamacare through a powerful, majority-vote mechanism known as reconciliation.  The 51- 48 vote came after many hours of debate on an array of Democratic amendments intended to squeeze Republicans for targeting the health law. The…

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Miscellaneous

As more and more states increase labor costs through their regulations, mandated benefits, increased wages and the like, many have mentioned automation as the next big step in the evolution of small businesses.  Against that backdrop, we took special note of a story this week about a second Eatsa opening, this one in New York…

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Sharing Ideas with President-elect Trump

In the context of significant regulatory changes we’ve referenced above as well as others, we’ve mentioned the election of Donald Trump on several occasions.  Against that backdrop, this may be a good time to advise you of the Trump Transition team website, through which, you can share any ideas with the transition on how to…

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“If It Wasn’t for Texas!”

No, I’m not singing the George Straight country song, rather I’m reporting that the federal court in Texas has permanently enjoined the Obama administration from implementing its new persuader rule.  Recall that the so-called “persuader rule”, finalized by the Department of Labor back in March of this year, required law firms and any other consultants…

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Congratulations, President-elect Trump

American humorist Will Rogers is credited with saying that “conventional wisdom is not conventional.”  And that adage was proven again as it certainly wasn’t foreseen by the experts, pollsters and pundits that Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump would handily (289-218 in the Electoral College) win Tuesday’s election and will become the nation’s 45th President.…

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IRS Hears from Franchising on Estate Tax Change

Today was the formal deadline for submission of comments on the proposed new Internal Revenue Service regulations curbing valuation discounts currently in place.  We hope many of you submitted comments as the proposed change can be devastating to your estate plans, but know that through the Coalition of Franchisee Associations, we’ve got the issue covered. …

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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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Sick Leave Rule for Government Contractors Finalized

There may be only 174 days left to the Obama administration, but his penchant for ruling by Executive Order continues to impact businesses.  Executive Order 13706 requires federal contractors to offer their employees up to 7 days of paid sick leave per year on the basis of one hour earned for every 30 hours worked. …

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Tale of Two Platforms

For those of us who watched the Republican Convention this week and plan to watch the Democratic National confab beginning Monday, there are a couple of contrasting platform positions you might want to be aware of.  Last week, business media in Ohio reported that advocates were pushing both national parties to adopt a Change.org petition…

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Is Government Broken?

If we follow the presidential polling the least bit, we know that almost 60% of the registered voters dislike both of the presumptive nominees – Hillary Clinton viewed favorably by 41% and Donald Trump by 40%.  Along with Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, that is the crop from which we’ll choose…

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