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CHOICE Act – Big wins for retailers

As retail operators return to work this week after what was hopefully a busy Memorial Day weekend for them, they should be encouraged by some rare good news out of Washington D.C. The industry had some big wins last week …

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Caught Up in the Entitlement Reform Debate – Again

The President recently made headlines with the release of his first draft budget proposal and while some convenience store operators might applaud the perceived “belt tightening”, leading brands need to be aware of a few hidden minefields. Most prominent among …

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Key lessons emerge from off-year elections

In political terms, 2017 is what’s known as an “off year.” Only a few states have elections but two are for governorships – Virginia and New Jersey – and we have had a couple of notable congressional special elections thrown …

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As Wages Rise, Black Workers See The Smallest Gains

As Wages Rise, Black Workers See The Smallest Gains – The Wall Street Journal Despite record-low unemployment, black workers’ weekly pay growth lags behind other groups. Consumers Around The World Are Spending Less On Almost Everything. Even Booze. – The Washington …

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As Cashless Stores Grow, So Does The Backlash

As Cashless Stores Grow, So Does The Backlash – Associated Press Cash-free stores are generating a backlash among some activists and liberal-leaning policymakers who say the practice discriminates against people who either lack bank accounts or rely on cash for …

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When Middle Class Isn’t

When Middle Class Isn’t – Axios From Axios: “A primary complaint about the current U.S. economy has been the hollowing out of ‘middle-skill jobs’ – the type of work that people with high school educations and substantial training could do …

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McDonald’s Minimum Wage Shift Frustrates Its Franchisees

McDonald’s Minimum Wage Shift Frustrates Its Franchisees – Forbes Former McDonald’s CEO pens a column reiterating points made by Align Public Strategies’ partners on a recent episode of the Working Lunch podcast (just sayin’). Teen Workers Are Returning To Restaurants, …

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