NFIB/Illinois Legislative Victories
- Minimum-Wage Increase: NFIB helped stop an $11 statewide minimum wage hike, which would devastate many small businesses. Illinois’ minimum wage is currently $8.25 per hour so going to $11 would have been an over 30% increase in labor costs.
- Mandatory Apprenticeship for Construction Companies: NFIB was instrumental in stopping Big Labor from forcing nonunion construction companies to participate in apprenticeship programs in order to work with their local, governmental bodies. Many small businesses do work for their local school districts, cities and counties. This bill would have made being part of an apprenticeship program (which are mostly union) a requirement in order to even bid on the work.
- Progressive Tax Stopped: NFIB worked against a constitutional amendment to replace Illinois’ current flat income tax with a progressive tax, which would have resulted in much higher income tax rates for many small employers. Many small business owners use their personal income to invest in their business and create jobs and higher taxes will reduce jobs, reduce Illinois’ economic input and hurt the middle class.
- Death Tax Exemption: NFIB was a driving force in raising the Death Tax Exemption from $2 million to $4 million. NFIB small business owners have long protested the unfairness of this tax.
- Unemployment Insurance: NFIB helped negotiate a $400 million cut in unemployment insurance taxes for Illinois employers and stopped a $1.2 billion new federal UI tax.
- Streamlined Paperwork for Environmental Regulations: NFIB worked with other business groups on the Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) program that decreases the cost & paperwork burden under the Clean Air Act.
- Partnership Tax: NFIB was part of a coalition that helped repeal a 50% tax hike on partnerships.