Philadelphia Soda Tax Repeal

It may be a bit premature, but we were pleased to read that a state representative in Pennsylvania has drafted legislation repealing the Philadelphia soda tax. Coming in the wake of the successful repeal of the Cook Country Sugary Drink tax in Illinois, state representative Mark Mustio is hoping to pre-empt other local communities from…

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Soda Tax Limbo

Speaking of being in limbo, retailers in Cook County, Illinois are between the proverbial rock and the hard place as relates the county imposed tax on sugary drinks. As we advised last week, the FDA has said that collecting the tax and then giving it back as a refund violates the federal food stamp program…

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“Man Bites Dog!”

There are two new developments on minimum wage this week that are rare enough to come under the Man Bites Dog headline. First, a lawsuit challenging the current effort to put the Flagstaff $15 minimum wage on the ballot was dismissed by an Arizona court last week, seemingly clearing the way for the repeal effort…

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Missouri Minimum Wage Issues Continue

The pendulum has swung again in Kansas City, Missouri on the question of municipal minimum wages as KC voters this week overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to raise the city minimum wage, but the vote is only a symbolic one due to the state legislature having preempted local wage mandates. The specific Kansas City measure,…

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St. Louis Minimum Wage To Drop

It’s been an up and down battle over the minimum wage in St. Louis for the past several months, but it looks like small businesses may be the final winner as the state preemption of local minimum wages will take effect on August 28 of this year. St. Louis passed its own minimum wage law…

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Minimum Wage Machinations

The drumbeat has gone on for the past several years now, and it continued this week in the state of Delaware. At the last minute, the Delaware state senate on Tuesday postponed an expected vote on legislation hiking the current state minimum wage of $8.25 to $10.25 an hour by 2020 and subsequently tie future…

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Employment Battles Continue as More States Preempt

A growing number of states around the nation are exercising control of minimum wages by preempting the establishment of local minimums, paid sick leave and other employment mandates, according to a new report. In “City Rights in an Era of Preemption”, the National League of Cities laments the proliferation of state preemption and alleges that…

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Rethinking Sick Leave Ramifications

Hard to believe, but some states that have seen sick leave laws passed dictating that employers (those who actually create jobs!) provide additional benefits to employees are now taking a 2nd look at the question. Specifically, the Pennsylvania state senate is considering legislation that would preempt the city of Philadelphia from continuing to enforce its…

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Florida Styrofoam Ban Goes to Court

The Florida Retail Federation this week brought a lawsuit against the City of Coral Gables challenging enforcement of its Styrofoam ban.  The local law authorized fines starting at $50 and increasing to $500 for a third violation within one year and $1,000 for subsequent violations.  Businesses were given until next month to phase out Styrofoam…

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Miami Beach Set to Challenge Florida Preemption

Absent the fanfare we find in the North Carolina debate, the city of Miami Beach is setting itself up to challenge a local minimum wage preemption effective in Florida for the past three years.  Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine is pushing the City Commission to adopt his proposal to increase the local minimum to $13.31…

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