Campaign Trail Fluctuations

As the presidential campaign continues, albeit with the field effectively narrowed down to three, the positions of those candidates on the question of raising the federal minimum wage becomes more telling.  Last month, all three remaining ‘main-stream’ candidates verbalized their support for hiking the threshold to different levels, but where are they this month?  Democratic…

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Soda Taxes on the Campaign Trail

It started with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg prohibiting customers from purchasing soda in containers larger than 16 ounces, but the courts ultimately overturned his NYC soda ban.  With that door shut tight by the US Constitution, progressive local officials turned their sights on their taxing power and are now advocating special taxes…

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Hillary Endorses Paid Sick Leave Mandate

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton endorsed mandatory paid sick leave for all employees across the nation.  Joining New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who had just signed the New York paid leave mandate as part of the state budget, Clinton told a labor rally at the Javitts Convention Center on Monday that she would “proudly take…

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Miscellaneous

As the 2016 Presidential campaign gets deeper into the spring months and closer to the two party conventions this summer, the importance of the decisions voters will make this fall is coming more into focus.  At this juncture, small business owners are losing faith in the choices they’ll potentially see on the ballot come November. …

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Ohio Reps File $2 Minimum Wage Hike

With Ohio Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign still alive after he won the Buckeye State republican primary this week, could Ohio legislators be looking at slipping a minimum wage increase through while he’s not looking?  Columbus Representative Hearcel Craig along with Representative Kent Smith of Euclid filed a bill last week that would increase the…

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Minimum Wages Stays in the Forefront

The issue of mandating increases in minimum wages across the country continues to command attention at a host of different levels.  On the presidential campaign trail, democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who called for a $12/hour minimum wage last fall (her opponent, Bernie Sanders filed legislation mandating $15/hour), advocated an end to the tipped minimum wage…

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DOL Looks to Expedite New OT Rule

Last fall, the Department of Labor (DOL) released a regulatory agenda targeting this coming July for the release of its final rule on the implementation of the new overtime “white collar exemption”.  It is beginning to look however, like DOL will expedite the new OT rules and make it effective as early as the spring! …

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New Jersey Next for $15/Hour?

According to reports this week, leaders in the New Jersey legislature hope to make New Jersey the next state to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage.  Several lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, are pushing legislation to raise the state’s current $8.38 hourly minimum to $15, an astounding 79% increase!  Prieto is quoted as…

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Congress Passes ObamaCare Repeal

Although it will be quickly vetoed at the White House, Congress passed legislation formally repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Wednesday of this week.  The Senate had already approved the legislation by a vote of 52-47 last month under the reconciliation process, which meant that only 51 votes were needed for passage in the…

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Presidential Politics

America’s 30th President, Calvin Coolidge is famously quoted as having said “The business of America is business.”  A little over a decade earlier, our 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt opined that it is “our duty to see that the wage-worker, the small producer, the ordinary consumer, shall get their fair share of the benefit of business…

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