Re: "Attorney general: Disclose surcharges" (TNT, 6-24).
The state attorney general says businesses can add surcharges to cover the costs of new minimum wage laws (a mandate). Businesses must clearly disclose the charge (a mandate). They also say the surcharge is subject to B&O and sales tax (a mandate).
The most disturbing point in this article is “businesses must clearly disclose the charge, not mischaracterize the charge as a tax or government mandate” - which in itself is another mandate.
We are going down a slippery slope when a government official ignores “shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.”
Businesses dealing with mandated minimum wage issues apparently can’t speak or protest against it. It is sad that we allow this to happen but the saddest part is most Americans have no clue this is happening at all.
Oh, by the way: Have a happy Fourth of July.