2013 NFIB/Nevada Legislative Issues

Author: Tony Malandra Date: May 24, 2011

Protecting the right to be self employed
Across Nevada, thousands of independent contractors are working hard to provide for their families and contribute to our economy. They are hair stylists, computer techs, software engineers, package deliverers, taxi cab drivers, truckers, even emergency room physicians. Often they choose to be an “independent contractor” so they can retain more flexibility and control over their time.  But several bills in the 2011 session (Senate Bills 147, 148, 207, 208 and 242) would have made it practically illegal to be self-employed.  The bills so narrowly defined “independent contractor” that it would have been nearly impossible to be self employed. NFIB joined many in the business community to defeat the worst of these bills while working with the Governor’s office to veto any of the remaining bills. The intent of the bills is to go after businesses that hire workers under the table as independent contractors, and then underbid projects because they don’t have to pay workman’s comp or payroll tax.  This is plain wrong and needs to be stopped, but these bills went too far, and we will continue to protect your right to work as you choose.

Stopping additional healthcare mandates
Every session it seems the legislature wants to demand more insurance mandates that will increase the cost of your health care.  In 2011 it was mandating coverage for acupuncture (AB89), which was killed in committee.  This new mandate would have directly impacted small business, as the state and many labor union insurers already provide such coverage.   Nevada already has over 50 requirements on health plans. Neighboring Idaho has only 15. Until insurers are legally allowed to tailor each plan to fit the needs of the customer, instead of operate with endless legal mandates, we will continue to oppose all new healthcare mandates.

Fighting tax increases on small business owners
With the highest unemployment in the nation, the most bankruptcies, and the highest foreclosure rate, you may raise taxes, but you won’t necessarily raise revenue. That was one of our main arguments as we battled the most tax bills ever proposed in one legislative session.  Proposals included a tax on services (AB 569), a “margins” tax (a modified gross receipts tax -SB 451), a  broad-based business tax of 4.5% on income over $500,000 (AB 336), a tax on bottled water (AB 218), a tax on snack foods (AB 399), an increase of the gas tax (AB 507). The two-year expiration on some of the 2009 tax increases was also under attack. With the help of Gov. Brian Sandoval and his pledge to not raise taxes, we worked with his staff and other business lobbyists to stop the imposition of these taxes.  

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