The 2015 legislative session is underway, and several issues arekey to small business owners in Illinois:
- Income tax: The massive 67% income tax increase passed in2011 started to sunset Jan. 1, 2015. Illinois continues to have a huge operating deficit along with massivepension debt and $6 billion in unpaid bills. There could be efforts to try to raise the income tax again to addressthese revenue issues. NFIB remainsopposed to any attempt to raise the income tax.
- Workers' compensation: Gov. Bruce Rauner has madereforming workers' compensation a top priority. NFIB/Illinois joins him workingtowards changing our causation standard so only those injuries that occurred inthe workplace is compensable.
- Minimum wage: Once again, there are efforts to raiseIllinois' minimum wage and NFIB opposes attempts to hike the wage to $11 anhour.
- Sales tax: There is a lot ofdiscussion about instituting a sales tax on service and labor. Again, as revenue options are sought, thethreat of a service is always great. NFIB is opposed to a service tax.
- Paid sick leave: Legislation has been introducedto require all employers to provide seven days of paid sick leave, with no exemptionsfor business size, covering both full- and part-time workers. NFIB will fight these efforts.