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BPAA News Brief - February 14, 2017

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Flagstaff Continues to Grapple with Starter Wage Ballot Measure. As we've previously reported, the city of Flagstaff, Arizona, planned to pass a city-wide ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2021.
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BPAA News Brief - February 7, 2017

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Soda Taxes Start Popping up in Other States, Cities. Last month, public health advocates in Connecticut proposed a "menu of revenue options" to deal with the state's budget crisis, including a tax on soda and other sugary drinks that would generate an estimated $85 to $141 million.
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The City Council’s resolution for 2017 appears to be more red tape and fewer job opportunities in the Big Apple. That’s the net effect of new "Fair Work Week" legislation that would impose union-style work rules on fast-food businesses.
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News Brief January 31, 2017

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The Trump Administration has still not taken a form stance on the Obama Administration's regulation that would more than double the salary threshold for employees to be considered exempt.
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BPAA News Brief - January 16, 2017

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Wage Bills Introduced in State Legislatures: As the state legislatures begin to convene for the 2017 session, we're already seeing a new round of minimum wage bills being introduced.
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Don’t fall for those declaring war on alcohol

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January marks the 98th anniversary of the ratification of the 18th Amendment, more commonly known as prohibition. While Prohibition is remembered as one of America’s greatest failed experiments, today we’re seeing something of a revival of prohibitionist thinking among those in the public health community who are attacking even moderate alcohol consumption.
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Call it a New Year’s Day massacre for the entry-level job market: As 2017 dawned, the minimum wage went up in 19 states and more than 20 cities or counties. In California alone, 12 cities raised their starting pay requirement, some to as high as $13 an hour, compared with $7.25 for the federal minimum.
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Students looking to put some extra cash in their stocking this holiday season may end up with a lump of coal instead. Traditional youth holiday job opportunities are increasingly being automated. Online shopping rates are expected to reach all-time highs this holiday season, growing 18 percent to roughly half of all shoppers.
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Why do we treat the driver who drank a glass of wine with dinner differently than the driver who just left the late movie after a long day of work? Driving after a single drink has come to be regarded as a moral failure. Yet new research suggests drowsy driving is more dangerous.
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December News Brief

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After voters in Arizona and Maine approved ballot initiatives to raise the starter wages in both states to $12 by 2020, some law makers began exploring ways they could blunt the effects of the wage hikes. In Arizona, the incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives believes the wage increase may run counter to the state's constitution.
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