Massachusetts Senate OKs Plastic Bag Ban

May 27, 2016, 4:54 pm EDT

Massachusetts may soon enact a plastic bag ban in large grocery stores.

The Northeastern state is considering passing a law that would eliminate the use of plastic bags in stores that are at least 3,000 square feet, or chains with at least three locations.

If the law passes, grocery stores would also charge 10 cents for reusable or paper bags. However, Gov. Charlie Baker may be opposed to such a move. Read 

President Hillary Clinton: The U.S. Economy’s Winners and Losers

May 25, 2016, 1:24 pm EDT

It’s still early in the election cycle, so the polls and the betting markets are at odds about whether we’ll actually see a “President Hillary Clinton.” Recent polls put Hillary on top 47% to 41.8%, giving her a 5.2% lead on Donald Trump, though “The Donald” has been steadily closing that gap. Source: Gage Skidmore via Flickr (Modified)

The betting markets, which tend to be more reliable than polls, give Hillary 4/11 odds vs. 9/4 odds for Trump. For those of you who aren’t degenerate gamblers, that means you’d have to wager $11 to win $4 in a Hillary win, whereas you’d wager $4 in order to win $9 in a Trump win.

This is fantastic news for the email security industry. Read 

President Donald Trump: The U.S. Economy’s Winners and Losers

May 25, 2016, 1:24 pm EDT

As improbable as it might have seemed even a few months ago, the prospects of a “President Donald Trump” are very much on the table. Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia (Modified)

One of the most accurate predictors of presidential elections over the years has been the University of Iowa’s Presidential Election Electronic Market, which is currently predicting a win for the democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, by a significant margin.

Between now and then however, there’s high potential for game-changing events between Clinton’s email server to Benghazi woes and Donald Trump’s occasional foot-in-mouth/that’s-not-what-I-meant moments. Others polls suggest a tighter race, which means the election as well as the “will they or won’t they boost rates?” question at the Federal Reserve will no doubt make us all feel like we are in a drawn-out tennis match during a long, hot summer, begging for it to be over. Read 

HB2 News: Maroon 5 Cancels NC Concerts Over Bathroom Bill

May 20, 2016, 3:36 pm EDT

Maroon 5 is responding to the House Bill 2 (HB2) by canceling two concerts in North Carolina.

The pop band was slated to perform in Charlotte on Sept. 11 and Raleigh on Sept. 12. However, the band can’t justify performing in a place that forces transgender people to go to the bathroom of their birth sex.

Maroon 5 issued a statement apologizing to its fans, stating it is not the band’s intention to deprive its fans of their music, but the HB2 is a violation of human rights. Read 

FDA Approves 7 Changes to Nutrition Facts Label

May 20, 2016, 1:24 pm EDT

The FDA has released updated changes for nutrition facts labels and InvestorPlace has collected a list of those changes.

    Important information, such as calories and serving sizes, will have increased text size. The labels will include actual amounts of Vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium. “Added Sugars” are being changed to show grams and a Daily Value percent. The FDA is requiring Vitamin D and potassium to be listed, but Vitamins A and C don’t need to be. “Calories from Fat” is being removed from the nutrition labels. Serving sizes are being updated. Changes based on dietary guidelines are being made.

Follow this link to learn more about the changes being made to the nutrition facts label by the FDA on July 26, 2018. Read 

Philadelphia Considers Huge Soda Tax

May 20, 2016, 11:27 am EDT

Philadelphia is considering a huge soda tax that could double prices for the sugary drinks.

The soda tax that Philadelphia is looking to implement would increase soda prices by 3 cents per ounce. The tax is being proposed as a way to help pay for prekindergarten and more. The tax would also include sports drinks, energy drinks and tea.

The American Beverage Association, which is made up of The Coca-Cola Co (KO), PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. (DPS), is fighting the tax with advertisements. There’s also the possibility that it will sue to try and stop the law from passing. The Philadelphia city council will vote on the tax in June, reports The Wall Street Journal. Read 

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