NFIB members from across the state met on April 18th to discuss legislative proposals impacting small business in New Hampshire. The group was updated by NFIB NH State Director Bruce Berke on legislation calling for the re-establishment of a state minimum wage. The bill also increases the minimum wage to $9/hour by January 1, 2016 and then ties the wage to the consumer price index moving forward. The legislation (HB1403) passed the House 173-118 and was heard before the Senate Finance Committee in which NFIB NH provided testimony opposing the minimum wage increase. It is expected to reach the Senate floor for a vote later this spring.
Senate Bill 297 on awarded damages was sent to study (effectively killed for the year). NFIB worked with a coalition of small business groups to oppose this legislation that shifted the liability of a tort action. The proposal allowed for immune parties to shift liability to the other party named in a tort action. For example if a business owner has a 10% liability and the city of Concord (an immune party) was determined to hold 90% liability the full 100% liability will shift to the business owner. The legislation was sent to a study but could return next legislative session.
House Bill 439 would increase workers compensation benefits from 60% to 66 1/3%. The bill was killed in the Senate after passing the House.
Representative Laurie Sanborn, Chair of the House Small Business Caucus, stopped by to address NFIB members following the legislative update. She provided additional information and answered questions. She vowed to continue her fight representing small business interests in the House.
If you are interested in joining us for our quarterly small business meeting in Concord please email Christopher.Carlozzi@nfib.org.