The 62nd Wyoming Legislature adjourned on March 6, 2014. Below are three big victories for small business from the two-year session.
Defeated Attacks on Independent Contractors
NFIB/Wyoming worked closely with Sen. Charles Scott to defeat two attempts to limit the use of independent contractors. Many small employers are being forced by the Wyoming Department of Workforce and Labor to reclassify independent contractors as employees. These actions lead to thousands of dollars of tax liability and penalties to owners.
Stopped Increases in Workers’ Compensation Premiums
Wyoming’s workers’ compensation program is for the benefit of Wyoming’s workforce, not for the enhancement of the coffers of attorneys. Adding difficult-to-measure mental health components opens the system up to long and costly trials. Legal fees required of employers in defense of these claims run approximately $300 per hour in attorney fees. NFIB has worked to defeat these measures.
Prevented Costly Medicaid Expansion
To sweeten acceptance of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government offered to pay for it all, but there’s an end date to its money, which is also a beginning date to reach deeper into the pockets of Wyoming small-business owners. That’s why 84 percent of NFIB/Wyoming opposed expanding the Medicaid program. NFIB will continue to fight the expansion.