Friday, October 27, 2017
Gov. signs bill preventing local food taxes
MGCOA is thrilled to share that Gov. Snyder signed HB 4999, the food tax preemption bill into law on Thursday, as Public Act 135 of 2017. The bill has immediate effect and prevents any local excise taxes or fees on the manufacture, distribution, or sale of food and beverages. Local units of government will not be able to follow in Cook County (Chicago) or Philadelphia’s footsteps and enact a local tax or fee on food or beverages, whether for immediate or non-immediate consumption. The legislation also ensures pet food and food for animals also remains local tax-free. The legislation is a big win for retailers who faced both implementation challenges and loss of revenue/foot traffic in other states where a local tax was added to food items. Next step: None. | MGCOA Position: Support.
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Federal Judge Issue Injunction of FLSA Overtime Rule
Judge Amos L. Mazzant, III, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has issued an injunction that delays the implementation of the DOL’s overtime rule. The judge ruled the Department of Justice overstepped their authority by raising salary cap below which all workers must receive overtime pay from $455 a week to $921 a week or $47,892 a year.
This was the key argument presented by the 21 states which joined the business groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asking the court to consider a motion to issue a preliminary injunction that would halt the new regulation. Read More
10/10 Come hear the Macinac Center for Public Policy at our MI Golf Business Confernece and Vendor Fair November 28-30, 2016 at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
9/29 Update on Wahlberg Legislation
Representative Walberg's bill H.R. 6094 was voted on in the house last night at 10pm. It was passed on a vote of 246-177.
H.R. 6094 — "To provide for a 6-month delay in the effective date of a rule of the Department of Labor relating to income thresholds for determining overtime pay for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees."
The bill now moves to the Senate where Sen. James Lankford (R-OKLA) Introduced "The Regulatory Relief for Small Business, Schools and Nonprofits Act".
The President has threatened to veto the legislation should it reach his desk.
Rep Schrader's bill has not been considered.
Will update as the bill moves through the Senate.
9/27 WAHLBERG LEGISLATION--Click below
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