Miscellaneous

The 2018 State Business Tax Climate Index by the Tax Foundation was released last week with few surprises in either the top or bottom 10 states in the listing. Less regulation-oriented states populate the 10 most business-friendly while the more progressive “pick up the rear”. Wyoming tops the list, followed by South Dakota and Alaska.…

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Miscellaneous

CNBC released its annual report on state competitiveness a few weeks ago and the results were surprising in some categories. Measured by overall competitiveness, Washington State led the nation and was followed in order by Georgia, Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina. At the other end of the spectrum, West Virginia was the least competitive along…

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Calling All Regulatory Excess!

Shortly after assuming office, President Trump mandated that for every new regulation proposed, federal agencies submit two regulations that should be eliminated. Well, that order is now starting to bear fruit as federal agencies are aggressively looking to identify regulations ripe for elimination. In that vein, the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy will…

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Health Care Options

Amazingly, Obamacare has been the law of the land for the better part of a decade now (signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010), but it continues to deteriorate before our eyes as more insurers across the country opt-out of the government exchanges and premiums in some states jump by as much as 50%!…

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Miscellaneous

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is continuing its attacks on McDonald’s with its latest call for an investigation of the rents that the Golden Arches are charging their franchisees and the impact those rents may have on McDonalds workers in franchised locations. The union behind the “Fight for $15” effort has formally requested that the…

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Florida Hearing Set for Tuesday

The delayed public hearing on the Protect Florida Small Business Act, which will restore some semblance of balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship in Florida is now set for this coming Tuesday, April 4 between 4:00-6:00 PM in the state capitol in Tallahassee. The bill (SB 750) will be heard by the Florida Senate Committee on…

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Florida Franchising Bill Pending

As we have advised over the past few weeks, the Florida Protect Small Business Act, filed by Senator Jack Latvala and Representative Jason Brodeur, has been assigned to the Committee on Regulated Industries. Regretably, the bill has not yet been formally scheduled for a public hearing, and the Florida legislative session begins next Tuesday, March…

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Miscellaneous

One of the bigger news items this week was the $1.8 Billion acquisition of Popeyes by Tim Horton’s and Burger King parent, Restaurant Brands International. That announcement was followed shortly thereafter by another confirming that the acquisition was being investigated for possible breaches of fiduciary duty! Notwithstanding, both of those items have received plenty of…

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Florida Fair Franchising Filed

We were delighted this week when Florida state senator Jack Latvala filed SB 750, An Act Relating Franchises, that would go a long way toward restoring some balance to the franchisee-franchisor relationship.  Senator Latvala filed to Protect Florida Small Business Act to level the playing field and address issues such as unjust terminations, restrictions on…

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County Complexity

Barrington, Illinois is geographically located in both Cook County and Lake County, so the recent passage of mandatory sick leave and a much higher minimum wage in Cook County posed a sticky dilemma for many of the businesses in Barrington.  The town responded quickly to resolve the issues however by passing an ordinance this week…

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