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Labor

Senate Panel Approves Plan To Limit Federal Agencies’ Use Of Administrative Leave

Bill Would Require Workers To Work In Most Cases Of Pending Discipline

Economy

Gallup Poll: Americans Worried About Economy

Survey Finds Americans Think Economy The Biggest Problem Facing Nation

Energy

Obama, EPA Administrator Vow Fight On Clean Power Plan

Officials Argue Mandate Is Legal, State Attorneys General Disagree

Taxes

Congress Passes Ban On Internet Access Taxes

Measure Banning Access Taxes Fails To Address Online Sales Taxes

Nebraska

Legislative Session Approaching Mid-Point

NFIB lobbying for passage of workers’ compensation changes, direct primary care agreements.

Economy

Twitter Roundup: What Has Small Business Been Talking About Lately?

Taxes, healthcare, and the economy—the small business community addresses the most pressing issues of 2016.

Labor

COLUMN: Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal Will Benefit State’s Economy

NFIB/West Virginia State Director Gil White writes in the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the changes will be good for small busin...

Labor

Bill Barring Cities from Setting Their Own Minimum Wage Clears House Committee

NFIB supports the bill, which would prevent local governments from forcing small businesses to give some workers a 39% pay raise.

 

Small Business Headlines

Online ax-grinders harm businesses: Another view | USA Today

Date: December 24, 2015

"Whether 'no-disparagement' contracts fairly serve that purpose, or whether they infringe on free speech, is a question for which there’s no clear answer. That’s why the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) doesn’t yet have a position. Our members have concerns on both sides." —Karen Harned, NFIB Legal Center

Small Businesses Get a Permanent Tax Break on Buying Equipment | The New York Times

Date: December 24, 2015

Jerry Kortesmaki, the owner of London Road Rental Center in Duluth, Minn., relies on the deduction to stock up on equipment for his machinery and party supplies rental business. This year, he is using it to help pay for some $200,000 in new goods, including chairs, a mini-excavator, four trailers, an insulation blower and a sewer camera.

SBA's Office of Advocacy urges EPA to re-examine power plant rule's small business impact | The Business Journals

Date: December 23, 2015

The National Federation of Independent Business and other business groups contend the rule will hurt small businesses by raising the cost of electricity. Utilities will have to burn less coal and rely more on cleaner energy sources such as wind and solar power.

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