For the 2014 Session of the Legislature

Author: Tony Malandra Date: June 04, 2012

Keep Felony theft level at $500
An attempt was made in 2013 to increase the amount of felony theft from $500 to $1,500, but the bills were held in committee. Had either passed, it would have exposed small businesses to higher levels of theft. NFIB will once again work to defeat this bad idea.

Smoking in the Workplace
Monitoring any legislation assigning liability to employers for any health related issues caused if the business allows smoking. The Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance is running a heavily financed campaign pointing out dangers of smoking in the work place. That usually is followed by legislation.

Stop the shift of residential property taxes onto business property
We will continue to see attempts to shift the residential property tax burden onto businesses by increasing the residential property tax exemption. NFIB/Alaska continues fighting these proposals and suggests that less spending by local governments is a better solution.

Minimum Wage
There is a proposed voter initiative to increase minimum wage to $9.75 and tie future increases to rises in the Consumer Price Index that has been filed with Lt. Governor and is sponsored by three previous Commissioners of Labor. NFIB will work for its defeat should it make the ballot.

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