2015 Challenges For Nevada Small Business

Date: May 27, 2014

A look ahead to the Main Street agenda

More issues are certain to surface before the 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature convenes for business on February 2, 2015, but five in particular already pose challenges to small business.

Fighting the Business-Killing Gross Margin Tax
NFIB is part of a coalition of business groups that is fighting to defeat Question 3 on the November 2014 ballot. If passed, it would impose a new, 2 percent margin tax on all businesses with gross revenues of $1 million or more.

Stopping Additional Regulations
Bills NFIB helped defeat in the last session of the Legislature are expected to return in 2015. They included:
  • a measure limiting a business's ability to collect money owed it
  • a proposal to make family care givers a protected class of employee
  • a bill that would make it easier to sue employers to make them pay for emotional pain, inconvenience, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and, of course, attorney fees.

Changing the State's Construction Defect Law
Nevada has the worst home-construction-defect law in the nation, and it impacts companies that build homes. There are cases where homeowners only got a few thousand dollars to fix their defects, but lawyers requested fees of over $1 million. This law allows attorneys to extort money from contractors and subcontractors, once your home is listed in a construction defect lawsuit, the stigma stays with the home – even when problems are fixed. The terrible law Nevada has affects more than just home builders. Landscapers, electricians, window installers, realtors, and insurance providers are also harmed.

Protecting the Right to be Self-Employed
NFIB will continue to lead the charge against efforts to limit the rights of independent contractors and to protect the companies that hire them.  

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