This year's legislative session is underway, and NFIB/Kansas State Director Dan Murray says there are a lot of issues on the horizon that could affect small-business owners:
"We expect a hearing to be held in Senate Financial Institutions and Insurance on SB309
," Murray said. The bill would allow qualified professional associations in Kansas to offer federally regulated, self insured group health insurance plans.
"I also expect to see a couple technical bills on workers compensation and workers compensation risk pools," he said. "One would name NFIB/Kansas to the workers compensation medical rate fee board, giving small business a voice on this important panel.
Murray said NFIB/Kansas also is tracking legislation that would increase the state minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. "Raising the minimum wage would have a deep and disproportionate impact on the small-business sector," he said, adding that it would also hurt the people it's intended to help--those with limited skills and work experience. When the cost of labor increases, the number of jobs decreases, he said.
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