St. Paul (May 28, 2014) – Governor Dayton’s “Unsession,” which he billed as a
project to dump silly and unnecessary laws, undermined its own progress with
two hugely damaging pieces of legislation that will hurt small businesses and
the state’s economy, said the National Federation of Independent Business
“While the theme of 2014 was
to eliminate laws we don’t need, the Governor’s ‘Unsession’ included several
negative bills that will drive up labor costs and increase liability for small
businesses,” said State Director Mike Hickey.
Hickey said the higher
minimum wage, which increases labor costs for small employers every year, and
the expansion of the state Human Rights Act to include every parent with
children under 18 as part of a protected class who can now sue their employers
with the advantages of the Human Rights Act will put a damper on small
businesses for many years into the future.
“We have a hard time figuring
out how passing a dramatic increase in the minimum wage and creating new ways
to sue small businesses fits into an ‘Unsession,’” said Hickey. “These
are negative provisions that drive up costs and increase employer liability.”
Hickey noted the dramatic
expansion of the state’s Human Rights Act that will include familial status as
a new protected class was especially troubling.
“We just made a significant
portion of the population (workers with children under 18) a new protected
class and we think it was absolutely irresponsible and unworkable,” he said.
Hickey applauded the repeal
of several new taxes but said those measures simply undid bad tax policies that
should not have been adopted in the first place. He also noted
significant progress on the general estate tax issue and said that some
improvements were made to the process for getting permits approved for development.
here to read NFIB’s assessment of the 2014 Legislative Session.
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NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.