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Restaurants continue to flex their muscles in Washington D.C.

Working Lunch: The podcast from Align Public Strategies features a discussion on the restaurant industry’s run of political success.

The restaurant industry has been enjoying a nice run of political success lately.

This week’s episode of the podcast Working Lunch, featuring Align Public Strategies Founding Partner Joe Kefauver and Partner Franklin Coley, features a discussion on the industry’s recent political successes.

That includes the association’s recent stare-down with the U.S. Small Business Administration over Restaurant Revitalization Fund dollars. In addition, the International Franchise Association recently won over Congress in a battle to determine who should run the U.S. Department of Labor’s wage and hour division. What’s the reason for this burgeoning political power?

It’s also do-or-die time for the California FAST Act, which will put whatever political power the industry has to a sizable test.

They also discuss the upcoming primary election and the impact on the industry from recent votes in Michigan and Kansas. Also, Legislative Scorecard.

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