Pizza operators share small business stories with Congress

June 27, 2014

Members of The American Pizza Community met with lawmakers in Washington D.C. last week for their third-annual fly-in.  Franchisees from Domino’s Pizza, Godfather’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut and more met with more than 70 congressional offices, according to a news release.

House Majority Leader-Elect Kevin McCarthy, from California, told the members: “Whether it is a delicatessen or pizza shop, time well spent should be on the customers and employees, not adhering to government mandates that micromanage business operations. Listening to restaurants large and small on the range of regulations and mandates the federal government has imposed or is looking to impose is an important lesson.”

The pizza segment generates $35 billion, the release said, as well as jobs for more than 1 million people. APC members said some policy issues directly affect their businesses, including menu labeling, minimum wage and tax reform.

"It is important for legislators to hear directly from business owners operating in the communities they represent about policies and decisions that impact us,” Papa John’s franchisee Sid Paul Ruckriegel said. “As a franchisee, we are often thought of as a large, corporate brand when in fact we are small, independent business owners that are operating at the local community level.”

Also, members of the APC urged support for the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, bipartisan legislation introduced in November by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Angus King (I-ME).

The Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act of 2013 (S.1756) makes changes to the menu labeling requirements on restaurants for which the Food and Drug Administration is currently finalizing regulations. This Senate bill followed the introduction of a companion bipartisan bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1249) by Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA-5) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA-46).

Topics: Franchising & Growth, Operations Management

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