2013/2014 Session Wins For Small Business
The 103rd Nebraska Legislature adjourned on April 17, 2014. During its 2013/2014 session, NFIB/Nebraska helped in the passage or defeat of bills of vital importance to small business.
The following measures, supported by NFIB, were adopted by lawmakers and will provide in excess of $400 million in tax relief over the next five years:
Income Taxes--Legislative Bill 987 indexes income tax brackets for inflation and exempts a portion of military retirement benefits and social security income from taxation.
Sales Taxes--Legislative Bill 96 exempts agricultural repairs and replacement parts from the state sales tax, and Legislative Bill 867 exempts separately stated postage charges from the state’s sales tax.
Property Taxes--Legislative Bill 905 provides funding to the state’s Property Tax Credit Cash Fund in the amount of $25 million annually, in addition to the existing $115 million for property tax relief.
The following series of measures promoted by labor unions and trial lawyers, which would have increased costs for employers, were all successfully opposed by NFIB.
Minimum Wage Increase--Legislative Bill 943 would have increased Nebraska’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour over the next three years. A Business and Labor Committee amendment would have increased the minimum wage for tipped employees.
Paid Sick Leave--Legislative Bill 1090 would have required employers to provided paid sick leave to full-time employees on the basis of one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked up to a maximum of 40 hours annually.
Paid Family Leave--Legislative Bill 955 would have provided up to six consecutive weeks of paid family leave to care for a newborn, or an adopted or foster child. Financed through an employee payroll tax, the program would have also applied to sick family members or employees who face serious medical conditions.
Salary Reporting--Legislative Bill 1085 would have required employers with 50 or more employees to annually file reports with the equal opportunity commission and to make such reports available to all employees, disclosing individual salaries, including job title, gender, age, and years of service.