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The Center for Michigan : Bill banning setting of local minimum wage sparks partisan divide | BridgeMI

Date: May 27, 2015

NFIB State Director Charlie Owens recently testified in support of the bill and said cities and townships have enough priorities on their own without diving into policy questions better left to Lansing and Washington. The bill passed the state house 57-52 and will now head to the Republican-controlled senate. The senate voted earlier this month to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law.

Kansas House panel's new plan reverses business break, raises state's sales tax to fix budget | Daily Journal

Date: May 27, 2015

Kansas House Taxation Committee has advanced a plan that would roll back a tax break for business owners and farmers. The measure passed 8-6 and would raise $101 million by ending Gov. Brownback’s business stimulus tax. NFIB/Kansas has been one of the groups at the front of opposition to repeal of the what the governor calls a “small business accelerator.” The state senate is also debating a plan that would suspend the tax cut for two years, replacing it with an income tax credit against payrolls.

Paid-leave measure advances in legislature | Republican American

Date: May 27, 2015

State lawmakers are moving toward mandating paid family and medical leave in the state. House Bill 6932 would provide people who work for employers with at least two employees up to 12 weeks of weekly paid benefits. The bill would also establish a trust fund to cover the payouts. Employees would be required to contribute to this fund. There would be no employer contributions. The Republican-American writes that NFIB/Connecticut is one of the many groups who has testified against the bill.

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Date: May 27, 2015

Texas business group slams EPA water grab | Watchdog.org

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB Executive Director Will Newton told Watch Dog that if this rule is implemented “there could be almost no end to the federal red tape, fines and fees.” NFIB/Texas Communications Director Sarah Tober also noted that the 24,000 members in Texas are particularly concerned that the agency did not conduct a small business economic impact study. “Expansion of EPA’s already broad regulatory reach into seasonal streams, farm ponds and ditches does not necessarily mean better environmental practices. But it does mean more compliance cost for our already over-regulated small farmers and ranchers,” Sarah said.

Cuomo Seizes on Wage Issue as Legislature Sits Paralyzed by Scandal, Partisanship | Gotham Gazette

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB State Director Mike Durant responded to the Governor’s wage board warning that an increase could put small franchises out of business. "Governor Cuomo is setting a frightening precedent by governing via executive order and completely usurping the legislative process," said Mike said. "The announcement of his intention to empanel yet another Wage Board will only embolden those calling on the State to dramatically increase labor costs on the full spectrum of small employers across New York. While NFIB does not represent the corporate fast food industry, this Wage Board assuredly will have a predetermined outcome and will set a disastrous course for future minimum wage discussion that will impact New York small businesses."

Governor’s “Plan B” tax plan undergoes grilling | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Date: May 26, 2015

Governor Sandoval’s “Plan B” tax proposal, which is a combination of fee hikes on business licenses, higher modified business taxes, and a commerce tax on big businesses, underwent scrutiny by the Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee yesterday, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. NFIB State Director Randi Thomas said NFIB members opposed the commerce tax, but would support expanding the modified payroll tax.

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Date: May 26, 2015

EPA poised to issue landmark water regulations | TheHill

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB is vehemently opposed to this land grab and Communication and Media Director Jack Mozloom told the Hill that “Our members are scared to death of it, because their property is their business in many case. They’re accustomed to dealing with their respective state environmental enforcement agencies, and this adds an entirely new and disturbing layer of federal bureaucracy on top of all that.”

Why small businesses aren't borrowing | CBS News

Date: May 26, 2015

business owners want to avoid repeating the mistakes they made before the recession in taking on too much debt. They're also worried about unpredictable government policies on a variety of issues ranging from the minimum wage to health insurance. NFIB Director of Research and Policy Analysis Holly Wade told CNCB MoneyWatch that borrowing is well below normal levels and small business owners "…are just unsure about how things are going to progress." NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg also told MoneyWatch that banks have enough money to lend, "we just don't have enough good applicants. They are sitting on the sidelines."

Wisconsin senior among top winners in nationwide contest

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship winner, Jacob Ehlert, was mentioned in the FDL Reporter. Jacob received the Innovations in Agricultural Entrepreneurship award for his creation of Jake's College Fund Eggs. “The quality of our applicants continues to improve in Wisconsin and I have a tremendous amount of confidence in the next generation of business owners in our state," NFIB State Director Bill Smith said. "Jacob's commitment to his core values of running a small business that provides fresh, farm to table product for consumers while maintaining strong relationships with his customers should be a model for all Wisconsin entrepreneurs. He is a truly worthy recipient of Animart's scholarship award."

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Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB publishes response to Gov. Wolf's inquiry | Pennsylvania Business Daily

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB said that under the governor’s plan, a family or sole proprietor would pay a sales tax on legal and financial tax services, adding to Pennsylvania’s already complex tax code. NFIB also cited a recent survey revealing that over 75 percent of state business owners and executives disapprove of the proposed 2015-16 budget, with 79 percent stating that it would harm the state’s business climate. “Resolving the state's pension crisis would be the most effective way for you to achieve the ‘big things’ that you outlined in your May 19 letter. [We] urge you to give the proposal your most serious consideration,” NFIB Executive Director Kevin Shivers said. “Why not work together with NFIB to…enable the small companies already here to grow and thrive?”

Union Dues Spark an End-of-Session Dispute | The Texas Tribune

Date: May 26, 2015

– With the legislative session coming to an end, the House is trying to push a bill that would prohibit public employees from paying their union dues through pay roll deductions. Senate bill 1968 will need to be approved by the House Senate Affairs Committee either today or tomorrow and then will need to be voted on by the entire House by midnight on Tuesday. The Texas Tribune reported NFIB’s support for the bill arguing the practice helps sustain a traditional nemesis to business.

Business owners wary of proposed tax increases in Gov. Wolf’s budget | Times Leader

Date: May 26, 2015

lawmakers held a hearing on current state of jobs and the economy in Pennsylvania. Business owners and advocates shared their concerns with Republican legislators and members of the state House Majority Policy Committee on the Governor’s tax increases in his proposed budget. The panelists told lawmakers that Pennsylvania is already a difficult place to do business and the Governor’s tax increases would make that state’s business climate worse off. NFIB Legislative Director Neal Lesher told the Committee that the tax would reduce banks’ lending ability by $3.8 billion between 2012 and 2017. As a result, small business would have a harder time getting loans for expanding and working capital.

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Date: May 26, 2015

Senate may put brakes on House highway plan | POLITICO

Date: May 26, 2015

Politico reported yesterday that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy floated an idea this week in an effort to bridge the divide between transportation-minded members of Congress, who want to use foreign profits to fund decaying highways, and tax reformers, who want to use the foreign money to lower tax rates. With a bill that does some of both, McCarthy’s hopes members in both camps have something to be happy about. The article weighs what lawmakers are saying about funding transportation and lowering tax rates and, according to Politico, many members of Congress cited NFIB’s opposition to business-only tax reform.

Hillary Clinton: Small businesses and community banks should get regulatory relief, not Wall Street | The Business Journals

Date: May 26, 2015

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held a roundtable with small business owners in Iowa this week as she begins to roll out her plan for Main Street if she makes it to the Oval Office. Kent Hoover of the Business Journal reported on Hillary’s four-point plan to help America’s Small Businesses

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Date: May 26, 2015

The Republican Wrinkle in Repealing Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ - NationalJournal.com

Date: May 26, 2015

Seems like a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” is bringing unlikely groups together in an effort to kill it. The Cadillac Tax, which will begin in 2018, is a 40 percent tax increase on generous employer provided healthcare plans. Not only are business groups and unions banning together in opposition of the tax, but even more unlikely, repealing the tax has Republicans and Democrats in Congress working together. Two bills, one from each party, have been introduced in the House this year. NFIB Director of Legislative Affairs Kevin Kuhlman told the National Journal that its repeal has "more bipartisan support than many other single-provision repeal efforts."

Business Group Takes on CARB over Cap and Trade | Los Angeles Business Journal

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center filed an amicus brief in the case of California Chamber of Commerce v the California Air Resources Board (CARB) calling California’s cap-and-trade emissions auctions a form of extortion. NFIB Senior Counsel Luke Wake responded to the amicus brief saying, “We thought it was important to weigh in on this case because the Air Resources Board’s decision to auction emission allowances unnecessarily adds to the cost of compliance for businesses subject to CARB’s cap-and-trade program. As a general principle, we think government should seek to advance its regulatory goals without imposing unnecessary burdens on small business.”

Hickenlooper’s Steak Dinners Lure CEOs as Colorado Economy Rises | Bloomberg Business

Date: May 26, 2015

Colorado’s economy is on the rise and much of that can be attributed to Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper. Governor Hickenlooper, a former brew pub and restaurant owner, said he uses his many Republican advisers and advice from CEOs to diversify and grow the economy. One would think Hickenlooper, a former small business owner, would understand the struggles of a small businesses, but he has failed to addressed layers of regulations that boost compliance costs well over what big companies pay. “We see these new companies coming to Colorado and we’re still asking what’s being done to help us,” NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi said. “I do appreciate the position he’s in, but we would like to see some more visibility from him. He campaigned on these issues, he’s a small businessman, he should be more aware of them.”

House committee approves bill prohibiting local wages | Crain's Detroit Business

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB supports the bill and State Director Charles Owens wrote in a written testimony that, allowing cities, counties and townships to set their own rules on minimum wages and benefits such as paid sick leave would create “islands of regulation” that would make the municipalities unwelcome to companies.

Proposed minimum wage increase seen having negative impact on small businesses | Pennsylvania Business Daily

Date: May 26, 2015

Governor Wolf has made raising the minimum wage a top priority and earlier this month NFIB testified about the disproportionately negative impact the hike would have on small businesses. Pennsylvania Business Daily reported that NFIB projected job losses to exceed 100,000 over 10 years, concentrated in entry-level positions, if Governor Wolf raises the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. “Raising the minimum wage will have a deep and disproportionate impact on the small-business sector,” testified NFIB’s Legislative Director Neal Lesher. “Increasing labor costs does not incentivize growth or hiring, but instead creates incentives for employers to find ways to use less labor.” Suzanne Stolenberg, NFIB State Communications Director, added that the raise doesn’t just affect minimum wage workers.

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Date: May 26, 2015

Paid Leave Goes from Progressive Pipe Dream to Political Reality | The New Republic

Date: May 26, 2015

Left-leaning New Republic published its June edition and NFIB is featured in their cover story on paid family leave. The article tells the history of paid family leave and expresses its shock that President Obama was the first President to call for mandating it. NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom was interviewed as the opposition to mandated paid leave. Jack told Lauren Sadler a story about an auto repair shop in New Jersey with eight employees that is only profitable if it repairs 200 cars per week. “He only gets paid if the workers are there providing a service,” Jack said. If a worker goes on leave to care for his family, the shop repairs fewer cars and earns less money.

Governor Wolf Tells PA Chamber to Stop Putting Oil and Gas Interests Ahead of Children and Schools | Reuters

Date: May 26, 2015

Governor Wolf sent a letter to business groups around the state expressing his disappointment in their unwillingness to compromise on what he calls a “commonsense severance tax.” The letter was in response to a letter sent by a coalition of business owners, community leaders and association executives last Thursday telling the Administration to reconsider a tax on the natural gas industry. NFIB was among the coalition. Reuter’s reported Governor Wolf telling the group that they need to stop putting the interests of oil and gas over Pennsylvania’s priorities like the interests of children and fixing our schools.

Mandate brings another all-payer database to market | Healthcare Payer News

Date: May 26, 2015

Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation last week to establish a fully functional All-Payer Claims Database (APCD), which will give consumers, providers and employers important new information to understand the quality and affordability of health care in Washington. An APCD is a large-scale, secure database that collects health-care claims data from health insurers as the basis for analyses of cost and quality. Health Care Payer News reported NFIB’s support for this legislation. “Businesses and consumers will now have access to meaningful cost and quality information to make informed healthcare decisions,” NFIB State Director Patrick Connor said.

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Date: May 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton Pivots from Big Money to Small Business | Bloomberg Politics

Date: May 26, 2015

Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton arrives in Iowa today to begin her pitch as a small business advocate. Clinton’s campaign said she will map out her ideas to cut red tape for small businesses, expand access to capital, find tax relief for business owners and stimulate exports. NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom told Bloomberg, "We are glad that she’s focused on small business as a presidential candidate and we’re eager to find out what she has in mind." Jack cited Clinton’s NFIB voting record during her time in the Senate, which was averaged at 25 percent. "It’s not the worst but she could do better from our perspective," Jack said.

'Sin taxes' yield more than double business taxes in Mich. | Detroit News

Date: May 26, 2015

Reports showing that taxes on tobacco, beer, wine and alcohol brought the state more revenue than businesses in 2014 have some Democratic lawmakers up in arms claiming the tax code lacks fairness. Republican lawmakers and business groups defended the gap in tax pay noting that large and small corporations pay other state taxes on property, fuel, utilities and supplies, while some business owners pay the 4.25 percent personal income tax on their profits. "We're paying more than our fair share," NFIB State Director Charles Owens told Detroit News. "We're not getting sweetheart (tax credit) deals, we're not getting carve-outs."

7 tips for successful team-building activities | The Business Journals

Date: May 26, 2015

Research shows team building promotes a more cohesive and productive work place so Business Journal published NFIB’s tips on how to plan successful team building exercises.

Meet John Flanagan, the new Senate boss | Crain's New York Business

Date: May 26, 2015

Senator John Flanagan has been named Dean Skelos’ successor as Senate Majority Leader in the New York Senate. For those who do not recall, Skelos was arrested on federal corruption charges a few weeks ago and stepped down from his leadership position. Crain’s New York Business reported that Flanagan’s district and most of his policies are similar to Skelos’. NFIB State Director Mike Durant said he hopes Senator Flanagan will use his new position to advocate more assertively for lower taxes and business-friendly regulations. "We think Flanagan has an opportunity to lead the conference in a more aggressive manner on these issues," Mike said. "Being more proactive and pragmatic would be a slight course correction from Skelos' tenure."

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Date: May 26, 2015

Inslee signs law that sheds more light on medical prices | The Seattle Times

Date: May 26, 2015

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) yesterday signed legislation to bring greater transparency to health care costs. The new law improves upon a measure passed last year that created the all-payer claims database by requiring for the first time that Washington insurance companies share their cost data. Previously the database had access only to limited price information. NFIB State Director Patrick Connor told the Seattle Times: “Today is the start of a new era for cost and quality transparency in Washington state. Businesses and consumers will now have access to meaningful cost and quality information to make informed health-care decisions.”

Cuomo convenes wage board, riles business groups | Westfair Communications

Date: May 26, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will try to go around the state legislature to raise wages for fast food workers. Cuomo announced last week that he would convene a wage board who would look at this industry and recommend wages. There’s little doubt about what conclusion they will reach. NFIB State Director Mike Durant said that the governor: “is setting a frightening precedent by governing via executive order and completely usurping the legislative process.” He said the wage board “assuredly will have a predetermined outcome and will set a disastrous course for future minimum wage discussion that will impact New York small businesses.”

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Date: May 26, 2015

Hiring felons bill gains attention | Oregon Business Report

Date: May 26, 2015

State legislators are considering “ban the box” legislation that would eliminate questions about felony convictions on employment applications. NFIB State Director Jan Meekcoms told Oregon Business Report that this could place small business owners in a hard place: “This bill puts the employer in a hiring straitjacket while maintaining the employer’s liability for a safe working environment. There is no negligent protection for the employer should HB 3025 pass. Employers are responsible for creating a safe working environment. If an employee, customer, vendor or member of the public is harmed by an employee who is a known felon as a matter of public record, the employer could find himself/herself in an expensive and egregious liability situation.”

Local Union Worker Heading To Springfield To Protest 'Right To Work' WTVO-TV and WQRF-TV

Date: May 26, 2015

New Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) wants the state to pass Right to Work legislation to prevent workers from being forced to join unions. WTVO ABC 17 in Rockford reports on a union member and a small business owner who are both headed to Springfield to weigh in on the bill. NFIB Memer Paul Knopp said, "I have no axe to grind with unions. Ok, they’ve served a good purpose in this country. But to say this can only be a union project, or a prevailing wage project is wrong.”

St. Mary’s student earns entrepreneurial award | www.lancasterbee.com

Date: May 26, 2015

Joseph Hamilton, one of the Young Entrepreneur’s Foundation finalists for the NFIB Young Entrepreneur Award. Hamilton started an entertainment company with his brother Daniel. The two have performed in their community and at the most recent White House Easter Egg Roll. YEF Director Molly Young tells the paper: “America’s young people have caught the entrepreneurial bug, and we could not be more confident in our next generation of business owners. We are impressed year after year with the quality of these hard-working, innovative high school students who are making their entrepreneurial dreams happen.”

@NFIB on Twitter: ".@NFIB applauds House action to stop expansion of the @EPA's Clean Water Act, calls on Senate to do the same"

Date: May 26, 2015

April 2015 US NFIB small business optimism index 96.9 vs 96.0 exp | Forexlive.com

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB's small business index up, but sales outlook uncertain; economy worries owners | Orlando Business Journal

Date: May 26, 2015

An index of small business indicators rose in April, but business owners were less optimistic about their future sales. That’s according to the monthly index compiled by the National Federation of Independent Business, which rose 1.7 points to 96.9. That number remains below the index’s historical average, however. The index is based on a survey of randomly selected NFIB members.

Small business confidence perks up; jobs market solid | Reuters

Date: May 26, 2015

The NFIB survey of 1,500 firms found that 60 percent, a post-recession high, reported capital outlays, up two points. Of those making expenditures, 44 percent said they had bought new equipment, up four points. About 26 percent of owners planned capital outlays in the next 3 to 6 months, up 2 points.

House passes bill promoted by Rep. Bob Gibbs to overturn EPA water rules | cleveland.com

Date: May 26, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation last night that would stop the EPA and Army Corps from moving forward with a rule that radically expands the reach of the Clean Waters Act. Cleveland.com noted that Rep. Bob Gibbs (R) supported the bill and quoted NFIB Senior Manager of Regulatory Policy Dan Bosch: "It is perfectly clear that Congress gave the federal government only power over interstate waterways when it passed the Clean Water Act decades ago. The proposed rule is regulatory overreach and also fails to consider the impact of the rule on small business.”

Proposed TV tax causes firestorm | VTDigger

Date: May 26, 2015

The Vermont government keeps collecting a tax to run the non-existent Catamount Health Plan. Democrats wanted to create a single-payer plan for the state but could never make the math work. An employer assessment hits businesses even though they still have to purchase coverage through private insurers. NFIB State Director told VTDigger, “VHC doesn’t work, so small businesses are purchasing their coverage directly through insurers; which means this is a funding source without a purpose. The EA has apparently become a convenient penalty to grab money in order to fund over spending.”

Higher wage did not meet promises | HeraldNet.com

Date: May 26, 2015

Does tying the minimum wage to the rate of inflation end the debate? Not in Washington State. Patrick Connor, NFIB State Director explained the damage done by the 1998 initiative that called for annual minimum wage increases. Despite the indexing, “labor groups like SEIU-backed Working Washington [are] pouring millions of dollars into campaigns to increase the minimum wage around the state.” Meanwhile, having the highest minimum wage in the country has hurt workers: “A Freedom Foundation analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data found the nation's highest minimum wage failed to reduce poverty, while slowing job growth in low-wage industries and driving up teen unemployment.” NFIB analysis projects that a $12 minimum wage statewide would eliminate about 16,000 private-sector jobs, mostly from small business.

Wisconsin Efforts to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 | Northwoods River News

Date: May 26, 2015

. Bill Smith, NFIB State Director, noted that, "At a time when Wisconsin is beginning to recover from the Great Recession, this proposal would have a deep and disproportionate impact on small business, and would dramatically limit the ability of small employers to hire workers and sustain their workforce." Smith pointed to a recent study that showed that "small businesses respond differently to minimum wage hikes than large businesses" and that small businesses pay for minimum wage hikes by passing on the cost to consumers and/or reducing their labor forces.

While de Blasio talks, Cuomo acts | Crain's New York Business

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB/New York accused Mr. Cuomo of "setting a frightening precedent by governing via executive order and completely usurping the legislative process."

Challenges and joys facing America's small businesses | Fox News

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB president and CEO Dan Danner: "A new small business starts with an idea, but in between that first dream and the first sale there are lots of obstacles. Still, millions of Americans open their own business every year. This creativity and persistence of small business owners fuels our economy.”

Keep the praise, lose the barriers | The Pueblo Chieftain

Date: May 26, 2015

NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi explained the challenges facing small business right now. “In recent years small businesses have faced a host of new hurdles to leap before they can open their doors or make their websites go live. The three hardest for small businesses to clear are federal regulations, federal taxes and the rising cost of health insurance.”

Recovering From A Rough March, Economy Adds 223,000 Jobs In April | NPR

Date: May 14, 2015

NPR’s Morning Edition highlighted the NFIB employment survey as a possible sign that the job market is finally improving. Economist Jim O’Sullivan noted that: “The NFIB just put out their monthly reading on the percentage of firms who say they have hard to fill job openings, and that just rose to 27 percent.” O’Sullivan notes that that number has been rising steadily and may indicate that the unemployment rate will be pushed down in the coming months.

House committee looks to backtrack on part of 2012 tax law | CJOnline.com

Date: May 14, 2015

The Republican-led House tax committee unveiled legislation to roll back Gov. Sam Brownback’s business tax relief. Dan Murray, NFIB State Director, told the Topeka Capital-Journal that “This bill points a $400 million barrel at Main Street.” Brownback supports increased taxes on cigarettes and alcohol but opposes changes to the income tax law. Lawmakers are trying to close a $420 million budget shortfall.

MdTA approves Maryland toll reductions | Baltimore Sun

Date: May 14, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan will lower the toll at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, welcome relief for those traveling to Maryland and Delaware beaches from the D.C. area. The price to cross the bridge will fall from $6 to $4 on July 1. Tolls on the Intercounty Connector in the D.C. suburbs will also drop. The Baltimore Sun noted that the NFIB “praised the move as a cost-saving measure for small businesses.” Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller attacked the move saying it would affect replacement of a separate bridge.

Hospitals react to proposed changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law | MI Biz

Date: May 14, 2015

Hospitals in the state are attacking NFIB-backed legislation to reform Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law that would impose caps on what the hospitals charge to treat people injured in vehicle crashes. The state’s current no-fault system pays unlimited lifetime medical claims to people who suffer traumatic injuries in crashes. MiBiz writes that in testimony to the House Insurance Committee, Michigan NFIB wrote that the high cost of personal injury protection “is a cost that affects every small business owner” in the state and that the bills being considered “strike a balance between continued care for those in need of catastrophic care with the reforms that will lower costs and enable people to afford the insurance necessary to protect them.” The article notes that the bills are on a fast-track to passage

The Deal-Maker’s Economy: Abundant money goes to financial engineering, rather than investment | WSJ

Date: May 08, 2015

NFIB research shows that the availability of credit is not the problem; business owners aren’t borrowing because they don’t know what to do with the money. Merely 5% of business owners reported that all their credit needs weren’t met. NFIB says that interest “rates are low, but prospects for putting borrowed money profitably to work have not improved enough to induce owners to step up their borrowing and spending.”

Cuomo calls for wage board on fast-food salaries | Times Union

Date: May 08, 2015

NFIB State Director Mike Durant’s reaction to Governor Cuomo’s wage announcement: “Governor Cuomo is setting a frightening precedent by governing via executive order and completely usurping the legislative process. The announcement of his intention to empanel yet another Wage Board will only embolden those calling on the State to dramatically increase labor costs on the full spectrum of small employers across New York.”

With Proposal 1 defeat, Washtenaw County still needs an answer to deteriorating roads | Heritage Newspapers

Date: May 08, 2015

NFIB State Director Charles Owens made the following statement regarding Proposal 1’s defeat: "Voters have made it clear that they want a straight up proposal that addresses road funding and not unrelated issues such as school and local government funding, the earned income tax credit or other issues. Small business owners understand the importance of roads and are supportive of efforts that build on prioritizing current spending before embarking on an overall tax increase for the entire funding need."

2015: The Colorado legislative session that did little for business | Denver Business Journal

Date: May 08, 2015

NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi was one of the few business leaders who said the session was “not brutal,” largely because all of the failed pro-business efforts resulted in no legislation passed that will hurt companies in general. “It’s pretty much been to form — what we expected after the November elections [when Republicans won the Senate, creating divided leadership of the chambers],” Tony said. “The Senate is killing most of the social agenda coming out of the House. And unfortunately the House is killing most of the pro-business agenda coming out of the Senate.”

@NFIB on Twitter: "This new policy change could affect your #smallbusiness #smb"

Date: May 08, 2015

 



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