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NLRB to weigh in on high-stakes McDonald’s labor dispute | TheHill

Date: March 30, 2015

A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) administrative law judge on Monday will begin considering whether McDonald’s should be responsible for what employees say are poor working conditions and low pay at many of its franchise restaurants. A finding against McDonald’s would mark the first time a major franchisor would be found responsible for labor violations at individual chains. NFIB Senior Legal Counsel Beth Milito told the Hill, “It’s not going to stop at McDonald’s. This is really an assault on the entire franchise business model." Last year the NLRB ruled that McDonald’s should be treated as a “joint employer,” which is among the most contentious actions ever taken by a labor board.

Rauner's 'right-to-work' proposal focus of larger debate on business climate - News - The State Journal-Register - Springfield, IL

Date: March 30, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner pledged to change the business climate when he took office in January and one of his most controversial proposals in trying to do so has been making Illinois a right-to-work state. NFIB State Director Kim Maisch told the State Journal, "We're supportive, but the political reality for a state right-to-work bill is zero." Democrats, who are supportive of organized labor unions, have majorities in both the House and Senate. Kim instead wants to focus on issues that are more realistic such as; workers’ compensation, minimum wage, tort reform and unemployment insurance costs.

Business community lacks consensus on Prop. 1 | MI Biz

Date: March 30, 2015

Proposal 1 seems to have the business community at odds. The ballot measure, which will be voted on May 5th, seeks to change the way transportation maintenance and upgrades are funded in Michigan. If approved by voters, it would eliminate the sales and use tax on gasoline in exchange for increasing the fuel tax. NFIB State Director Charles Owens told Mi Biz, “To suggest there is a groundswell of business support for this proposal is disingenuous.” When asked how they would vote on Proposal 1, 75 percent of NFIB members were opposed.

Agreement smooths way for autism bill | Gwinnett Daily Post

Date: March 30, 2015

A controversial bill that would require many health insurance plans to cover applied behavior analysis (ABA), which is a treatment designed to help children with autism reach full learning potential, passed through two legislative committees. Kyle Jackson, NFIB state director, told legislators that NFIB members were very concerned about the rising costs of health insurance, according to Gwinnett Daily Post. If the autism bill passes, Kyle said, “I’m not going to say the sky is going to fall … but there is a cost to this.”

Why should a taxpayer-funded building cost more? | Post-Tribune

Date: March 30, 2015

An op-ed by NFIB State Director Barbara Quandt arguing why the state’s common construction wage should be repealed scored a spot in the Chicago Tribune last week. Barbara explained that repealing the wage would save tax payers 10 to 15 percent or more per taxpayer-funded public project.

NY small businesses feeling left out | Press Connects

Date: March 30, 2015

Small businesses are wondering when they will receive some relief from the burdensome taxes and fees that nibble away large chunks of their revenue. Small business owners feel that the Start-Up New York program and last year's major revisions in the state's corporate tax code have favored larger businesses. "Businesses are angry," said Mike Durant NFIB state director. "These tax initiatives are more about political sound bites rather than sound economic policy."

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Date: March 30, 2015

The Collateral Damage of Microsoft's Paid Sick Leave Plans (NFIB member quoted) | Inc.com

Date: March 30, 2015

NFIB Media and Communications Director Jack Mozloom told INC that federally mandated paid sick leave amounts to a tax on small businesses that would enforce a “one-size-fits-all” standard on businesses, regardless of size. “Big companies can do what they want, but we oppose a government mandate that requires all employers to provide this benefit,” Jack said. An NFIB member was also mentioned in the article by INC. Kurt Zanelotti is the owner and chief executive of Contract Carpet Systems and Carpetone Retail Store in Beltsville Maryland. “Small business owners are not Microsoft,” Kurt told INC. Kurt has 30 full-time employees and he offers them five days of paid sick leave in addition to their vacation time. Proposed federal requirements go too far and could cost his business an additional $20,000 a year, he said. Kurt added that it may not sound like a lot of money, but given how competitive the contracting industry has become since the recession, every penny counts.

Letter: Limiting pool of bidders will cost | Newsday

Date: March 30, 2015

NFIB NY State Director Mike Durant wrote an opinion letter that was published by News Day Online detailing his opposition to Suffolk County’s new labor law. Mike said the law will limit opportunities for local small businesses, reduce competition for government contracts and increase construction costs for county taxpayers.

NFIB argues against governor’s taxes | Business Examiner

Date: March 30, 2015

NFIB is leading an advertising campaign against Governor Inslee’s proposed new taxes on fuel. “Governor Inslee’s own administration has said his climate plan could raise fuel prices by over a dollar per gallon,” said Patrick Connor, NFIB state director. “Small businesses, which are disproportionally affected by tax increases, simply can’t afford the governor’s carbon tax and LCFS.”

Minimum wage increase vs right to work | Illinois

Date: March 30, 2015

Springfield Alderman Sam Cahnman’s latest pitch, as he approaches reelection, is to raise the minimum wage in Springfield from $8.25 to $10 an hour. Alderman Cahnman was less concerned about Governor Ruaner’s proposal to let voters decide if they want to see Illinois become a right to work state. NFIB State Director Kim Maisch told Watch Dog lawmakers had no problem adding two ballot questions last fall that let voters weigh in on a higher minimum wage and a 3 percent additional tax on millionaires. “Why is it such a horrible idea to allow local voters at least the opportunity, even if it’s not legally binding, to voice yeah or nay on right-to-work zones?” Kim asked.

Oregon Campaign To Help Ex-Convicts Seeks To “Ban The Box” | Jefferson Public Radio

Date: March 30, 2015

Oregon is the latest state at battle with legislation that would prohibit employers from asking about criminal history on job applications, otherwise known as “ban the box”. Jefferson Public Radio reported that in a legislative hearing Jan Meekcoms, NFIB state director, said she has concerns about elements of the bill that could leave employers who choose not to hire someone with a record liable to legal action.

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Date: March 30, 2015

Thune Reintroduces Bill to Repeal Death Tax |-Senate.gov

Date: March 30, 2015

The battle to repeal the estate tax -- a tax NFIB members strongly oppose -- made some big strides yesterday. The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015 was reintroduced in the Senate by Senator John Thune and was passed through the House Ways and Means Committee. With approval from the Ways and Means committee, the bill will now be considered by the entire House. Senator Thune and Representative Kevin Brady will be holding a bicameral, bipartisan press conference this morning to talk about the estate tax.

Supreme Court Appears Divided on EPA Rules to Limit Mercury Emissions | WSJ

Date: March 30, 2015

Oral arguments in the case of Michigan V EPA, which NFIB filed an amicus brief, were heard before the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court seemed to be split and the case will likely come down to Justice Kennedy. Justice Kennedy is often the Court’s swing vote when the justices are ideologically divided. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the EPA, costly regulations will be put on power plants to “reduce” emissions of mercury and other pollutants. A decision is expected by July.

Legislature will let Colorado's parental-leave law expire | Denver Business Journal

Date: March 30, 2015

A bill that would extend a 2009 law permitting employees to take as much as six hours a month and 18 hours a year of unpaid leave to attend their children’s school activities died in the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee yesterday. The law will now expire on September 1st. According to Biz Journal, NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi was opposed to this bill because “no law should get in the way of relations between employees and employers.”

NY Issues Affecting Families in the Workplace - Testimony | NY Senate

Date: March 30, 2015

NFIB State Director Mike Durant testified before the Senate Labor and Social Services Committee hearing on Issues Affecting Families in the Workplace on Tuesday. Mike focused on why a “one size fits all” mandate will not work for small businesses. Mike’s testimony can be found at 2:28:50

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Date: March 30, 2015

EPA regulations face new test at high court | TheHill

Date: March 30, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court today will hear oral arguments for the case of State of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency. This case will weigh whether the agency failed to consider industry costs before issuing a rule. The Hill reported NFIB’s opposition to the pending regulation saying that we place it among the costliest ever and warn upholding it could set a dangerous standard. “We are concerned that businesses will have to absorb many of the regulatory costs if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the EPA, but our bigger concern is ensuring agencies do not overstep their authority by refusing to consider the costs of all regulations before implementing them,” said Karen Harned, NFIB Small Business Legal Center executive director. The rule is slated to take effect for some power plants as early as next month.

Commentary: EPA’s pending ozone rule could be most costly in history | Elko Daily

Date: March 30, 2015

- Ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing, NFIB State Director Randi Thompson’s op-ed on the EPA’s rule was published in the Elko Daily Free Press. Randi explains that the EPA’s pending rule could be the most costly regulation in history. She says this if the regulations are implemented small businesses, Nevada’s in particular, will be walloped due to the compliance costs and increased energy costs.

Senate Republicans Offer Their Own Paid Family Leave Proposal | US News

Date: March 30, 2015

On Tuesday, Republican senators offered an alternative to the Democrat’s paid family leave legislation put forth last week. The Family Friendly and Workplace Flexibility Act would allow employers and employees in the private sector to come to agreements by which hourly workers could put overtime earned toward paid leave rather than extra compensation. The Democrat’s proposal would create a federal program for employees to continue receiving a paycheck while they take time off work for a long-term illness or to care for a family member. U.S. News reported NFIB’s support for the Republican’s leave-time alternative. “This bill would do a lot to promoting flexible strategies in the workplace without additional costs,” said Beth Milito, NFIB senior executive counsel. "This is a win-win for employers and employees."

Business 'learner's permit' faces key test | Connecticut Post

Date: March 30, 2015

An “entrepreneurial learner’s permit” is in front of a state fiscal analysis committee that could determine whether the initiative becomes law. This would give many startup companies a two-year grace period before requiring some permits and fees associated with starting a new business, according to CT Post. NFIB State Director Andrew Markowski supported the bill saying it would encourage the formation of standard-issue startups. "There's some people that will say it's only $100 or $25 or $50, depending on what you're talking about, but keep in mind for every business there are multiple levels and layers of this," Andrew said. "The old saying goes, `$1 million here, $1 million there, soon you're talking about real money.'”

Republicans Fail To Strip Fuels From AB 32 | capradio.org

Date: March 30, 2015

A Republican backed bill would strip transportation fuels from AB-32, a law aimed at reducing Green House Gas emissions by 2020. The law has applied to transportation fuel since the beginning of the year and it has currently added 13 cents a gallon to California’s already high gas prices. Luke Wake, NFIB senior staff attorney, told Capital Public Radio that the increases could keep coming. "We maintain the effects of this tax have not been fully felt because gas prices have been depressed," Luke says. "But they will go up and people will feel them."

Autism bill looks stalled in Ga. House | The Augusta Chronicle

Date: March 30, 2015

NFIB State Director Kyle Jackson said his small business members are very concerned about the rising costs of health insurance. If the autism bill passes, he said, “I’m not going to say the sky is going to fall . . . but there is a cost to this.”

Obamacare: Not as Bad as It Could Have Been, But Still Awful | National Review

Date: March 30, 2015

Obamacare was not as bad as critics thought it would be, but it still turned out to be pretty awful. NFIB Director of Research and Policy Analysis Holly Wade’s testimony to the Senate Finance Committee shows premiums are rising in the small-business market. “The problems that many predicted have arrived but most of the promises for small business owners remain unfulfilled. . . . We found that 62 percent of small business owners are paying higher premiums while only eight percent say their costs have dropped.”

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Date: March 30, 2015

Minimum Wage Debate Begins At Colorado Legislature, Workers Hold Rally | CBS Denver

Date: March 30, 2015

Lawmakers on Monday backed proposals aimed at increasing the minimum wage in Colorado, according to the Associated Press. A Democratic controlled House Committee passed measures that would allow local governments to establish minimum wages proportionate with the cost of living and also to ask voters whether the minimum wage should be gradually increased over the next five years. NFIB State Director Tony Gagliardi said small businesses did not support an increase in the minimum wage, “Raising their cost of labor creates incentives for employers to use less labor, not more.” The ballot measure would set a wage of $9.50 starting in 2017, increasing a dollar an hour each year until the minimum wage is $12.50 an hour by 2020.

Efforts to raise Maine minimum wage continue despite long odds | Bangor Daily News

Date: March 30, 2015

David Clough, state director of the National Federation for Independent Businesses, said his organization opposes the bills. “Minimum wage increases have a disproportionate effect on small businesses,” said Clough. “As a percentage of their operator costs, labor and workers tend to be a higher percentage of costs than a larger business pays.”

Minimum Wage Hike Supporters Pack State House Hearing | Maine Public Broadcasting

Date: March 30, 2015

Advocates and critics crammed into a legislative committee room as lawmakers considered several measures aimed at boosting the state’s minimum wage. David Clough, NFIB state director, told lawmakers that many of his members employed fewer than five people and that those labor expenses represented a higher percentage of their costs.

Small business loan guarantee goes to hotel chain with 180,000 employees | Watchdog.org

Date: March 30, 2015

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., a hotel with almost $6 billion in annual revenue and more than 180,000 employees, received a $5 million loan to help build a hotel in downtown Denver. Tony Gagliardi, NFIB state director, questioned the SBA’s small-business definition saying 92 percent of NFIB members have 20 or fewer employees. “In Colorado, if you talk to policy makers they’ll consider a small business 100 or fewer employees,” Tony said. “We tried to run a bill to put that into statute, but it was killed in committee.” Tony did not fault Starwood or its franchisee for taking SBA help, but he wondered why the federal agency needed to get involved with the project.

Patrick's Tax Cut Package Triggering Debate | The Texas Tribune

Date: March 30, 2015

The Texas Senate will vote this week on Lt Governor Patrick’s proposed $4.6 billion tax cut. The proposal has business groups across the state at odds. On Friday, big business groups formed a coalition and wrote a letter to the Lt Governor and Senate opposing the proposal saying the tax cuts needed to be shaped differently to provide relief to the largest tax payers. On Monday, another coalition wrote a letter in support of the package. NFIB was among the group in support of the Lt Governor’s tax cutting package. "It does a great thing in essentially eliminating not just the tax liability, but the compliance cost associated with this horrible onerous tax," NFIB Executive Director Will Newton said. "It’s the most cumbersome system of taxation ever advised."

Measure calls for mandatory sick time pay in Hawaii | KGMB and KHNL

Date: March 30, 2015

There is a bill being taken up in the Legislature that would mandate paid sick leave for all service workers in private sector businesses that employ more than 50 people. NFIB State Director Melissa Pavlicek explains how the proposed law is inflexible. "Say an employee knew they didn't want to take sick leave, or didn't want to have that kind of leave and would rather take it in pay, there aren't any other options," Pavlicek said.

Bill would prohibit public agencies and schools in Kansas from collecting union dues | EudoraNews.com

Date: March 30, 2015

NFIB is urging Kansas lawmakers to pass a bill that would prohibit state and local government agencies from using their payroll systems to collect union dues. "Our members' concern is that the government is in the role of collecting the union dues for the organizations that sit across the negotiating table to ask for more taxpayer dollars," Dan Murray, NFIB state director, told the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday.

Grassley: Small Business Expert Confirms Concern Over Obamacare Penalty | Chuck Grassley

Date: March 30, 2015

Senator Grassley from Iowa said in a news release that NFIB Director of Research and Policy Analysis Holly Wade confirmed that a lot of small businesses are unaware of many of the penalties Obamacare imposes. The Senator is working on legislation that would permit small businesses to continue to reimburse their employees for health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis. Holly told the Senate Finance Committee that 18 percent of small business owners practiced this reimbursement last year.

Lawmakers revise Malloy plan for local transit development | The Boston Globe

Date: March 30, 2015

Establishing a Transit Corridor Development Authority is one of Governor Malloy’s key initiatives to boost transportation and improve economic development. The Transit Corridor Development Authority would have the power to acquire property by eminent domain to promote the construction of housing and retail and commercial businesses along travel routes. Many municipalities and small businesses are opposed to the authority having eminent domain power. NFIB told lawmakers that most of its members favor limiting the state’s power to seize property

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Date: March 30, 2015

Obamacare Benefits Not Materializing for Small Business| POLITICO

Date: March 23, 2015

Today marks the five year anniversary of Obamacare and the potential benefits for small businesses have not materialized. NFIB Director of Research and Policy Analysis Holly Wade testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee during a hearing about the progress of the Affordable Care Act last Thursday. Politico Pulse reported that Senator Chuck Grassley questioned Holly during the hearing on whether small business owners knew that they could not reimburse their employees for the cost of healthcare coverage obtained on the individual market under the ACA. Holly told the Senator that a number of small businesses are not aware and about 18 percent of owners held this practice last year.

House bill would allow impact fees for lodging in Montana | Sidney Herald

Date: March 23, 2015

Last week a bill was heard in the House Taxation Committee that would allow an impact fee for lodging. According to the Sidney Herald, the funds collected from the fee could assist with infrastructure and municipal costs. NFIB State Director Riley Johnson expressed opposition to the legislation, “What’s the next impact that would be charged a fee, tourism?”

Big business pushes back on Senate leaders’ tax-cut plan | San Antonio Express-News

Date: March 23, 2015

A $4.6 billion tax package that would cut school property taxes and business taxes over two years was passed through the Senate Finance Committee on Friday. Seven big business groups wrote a letter to Lt Governor Dan Patrick and Senate members opposing the package saying the bill is not fair to those who pay the most in taxes. NFIB endorsed the package of tax cuts. “A package of tax cuts has been presented. It’s fair and balanced,” NFIB Executive Director Will Newton said. “We’re going to see if lawmakers support Wall Street or if they support Main Street.”

Another sign higher wages are finally on the way | Memphis Business Journal

Date: March 23, 2015

A new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business added another strong sign that worker's wages should see increases this year. In its Small Business Economic Trends report, the NFIB says 53 percent of businesses surveyed are hiring, but 47 percent of those say they aren't able to find qualified employees and 14 percent said the availability of qualified labor was their top business problem. That number hasn't been that high since September 2007, just before the recession hit.

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Date: March 23, 2015

House overturns National Labor Relations Board's 'ambush elections' rule, but Obama will veto bill | The Business Journals

Date: March 20, 2015

"The president will likely veto the measure, but he’ll have to explain publicly and on the record why unions deserve another big advantage over small business owners,” said Elizabeth Milito, senior legal counsel for the National Federation of Independent Business.

House votes to scrap union election rule, defying veto threat | TheHill

Date: March 20, 2015

The House yesterday passed a resolution to overturn the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB) new election rule that would speed up the union election process. The resolution passed through the Senate earlier this month and will now be sent to President Obama’s desk. NFIB sent separate letters to the House and Senate urging the passage of a resolution. In an article by The Hill NFIB Senior Counsel Beth Milito was quoted saying, “The union can plan for weeks, even months, in advance and the owner has to scramble to catch up.”

Obamacare is 5 years old; Senate explores good, bad and the ugly of the ACA for individuals, small businesses | The Business Journals

Date: March 20, 2015

Holly Wade, director of research and policy analysis, testified at the Senate Finance Committee’s hearing to explore which parts of Obamacare are working, and which parts are not. Holly told the Senate Committee that small businesses were confused and disappointed with the ACA and the benefits have not materialized. The Business Journal, syndicated nationwide, quoted Holly’s testimony. “The ACA’s potential benefits for small employers have not materialized five years into enactment,” Holly said. “Instead, the small employer experience more often consists of increased levels of uncertainty and frustration related to changes in the small group health insurance market and rules associated with the employer mandate.”

Senator John Cornyn and Holly Wade of NFIB comment on the HIT | YouTube

Date: March 20, 2015

At the Senate Finance Committee hearing on March 19, 2015, The Affordable Care Act at Five Years, Senator John Cornyn asked Holly Wade of the National Federation of Independent Business about the impact of the health insurance tax on small businesses.

NFIB details proposed revisions to state regulations | Pennsylvania Business Daily

Date: March 20, 2015

NFIB’s Pennsylvania chapter proposed revisions to state regulations on Wednesday in over half a dozen key areas affecting business. The areas in which NFIB suggested revisions included household and property moving insurance, taxi and limo regulations, workers’ compensation, malt/brewed beverage rules, and vehicle and pleasure-craft assembly coating requirements.

Arkansas Employers Get Ready For March Madness | Talk Business

Date: March 20, 2015

March Madness has officially arrived and some managers in Arkansas are worried that productivity may lag when Razorback fans show up to work this week. Luckily, Talk Business reported that NFIB posted a video last year with Senior Counsel Beth Milito giving tips on how to cope with the inevitable workplace bets, pizza parties and livestreaming of games. “The bad news for employees is that the majority of the games take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the weekday,” Beth Milito said. “This means that employees can, and mostly will, follow along on their computer, iPad and smartphones to watch games and track brackets while at work.”

"Presenteeism:" Child Care and the workplace | Innovation Trail

Date: March 20, 2015

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced a bill to increase tax breaks for businesses that build onsite child care. Gillibrand believes that having child care at work could make a big difference for parents, especially single moms. When asked why many businesses do not have child care benefits NFIB State Director Mike Durant said child care benefits are not a top priority for small businesses right now. “The economy over the course of the last five or six years went through a recession and is still rather stagnant,” said Durant.

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Date: March 20, 2015

Business groups form statewide coalition, release wage study results | CapeGazette.com

Date: March 20, 2015

The Delaware Wage Facts Coalition (DWFC) has been formed by business groups in response to the national debate on wages, industry unionization, and the formation of the Delaware Low Wage Service Workers Task Force. “There’s a lot of rhetoric being bantered about regarding minimum wage, and it’s sometimes difficult to sift through the nonsense to find the facts,” said NFIB State Director Jessica Cooper. “We realized that by forming Delaware Wage Facts Coalition, we would be able to educate the public and our Legislature on the real impact that raising wages has on jobs and our smallest employers.” The DWFC recently conducted a study of over 500 Delaware voters, which initially showed 75 percent support of a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour. However, support fell to 45 percent when voters were asked if they still supported a minimum wage hike if it meant job loss for some Delaware employees.

Make No Mistake: Ambush Election Regulations Provide Union with Unfair Advantage | The National Law Review

Date: March 20, 2015

The new "ambush election" rule gives an unfair advantage to unions including making it unlikely for an employer to obtain legal advice to compile and present mandatory positions, prohibit an employer from operating its business without disruption while simultaneously gathering the necessary information, and frustrate the employer’s exercise of free speech rights to communicate with its employees prior to the election. NFIB Senior Counsel Beth Milito’s testimony from the Senate Health Education Labor and Pension hearing explained the significant burdens small businesses will have to face when hiring specialized legal counsel on short notice.

State meddles into private business pensions | Oregon Business Report

Date: March 20, 2015

It looks like the Oregon Legislature is trying to place even more regulations and mandates on already struggling small businesses. In an op-ed, NFIB State Director Jan Meekcoms talks about how two bills being heard in the House would put the state of Oregon in the business of managing retirement plans for the private sector. “Smaller employers will be saddled with a new body of regulations and liability exposure beyond their already strained abilities to manage; and entry-level, low-skilled and lower-wage employees in particular will be automatically enrolled in a retirement plan dictating a pre-determined defined contribution with a portion of their income, Jan said.”

Dubious legislation in full bloom this spring | The Orange County Register

Date: March 20, 2015

With Spring right around the corner, NFIB Executive Director John Kabateck says dubious legislation will be in full bloom across California. In an op-ed, John speaks of the opportunity for increased taxes, mandates, and burdens on small businesses with the 2,400 pieces of legislation being introduced this session. “Why not focus on issues critical to the survival of California’s small businesses?” John said. “Lower taxes, reduce regulatory burdens and generally make it easier for small employers to do what they do best – create jobs. It would be a better use of all of our time, energy and resources if they did.”

New health option? Bill allows employers to enter direct primary care contracts | SaintPetersBlog

Date: March 20, 2015

A bill providing an alternative to Medicaid expansion was amended and advanced by the House Insurance and Banking subcommittee on Wednesday. Under House Bill 7047, employers would be able to sign prepaid contracts with primary care providers on behalf of their employees and it would not be considered an insurance policy. NFIB Executive Director Bill Herrle cheered this legislation calling direct primary care contracts the “next Uber of health care.”

Business groups say payroll tax is 'bad public policy' | VTDigger

Date: March 20, 2015

Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposal for a new pay roll tax to increase the state’s payments to Medicaid providers has gotten much scrutiny from the business community in Vermont. NFIB State Director Shawn Shouldice agreed with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and the Vermont Business Round Table when they spoke out against the pay roll tax in an article by the VT Digger. “I’ve made clear on behalf of my client NFIB/VT that there is strong opposition to the imposition of a new payroll tax,” Shawn said. Shawn also goes into depth about how he feels the state’s Employer Assessment needs to be repealed as well.

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Date: March 20, 2015

Senate moves forward on Medicaid expansion, but House remains opposed | Tampa Bay Times

Date: March 18, 2015

A second Senate panel approved a proposal to extend federally-subsidized healthcare coverage to nearly one million residents in Florida. The plan, known as the Florida Health Insurance Affordability Exchange Program, would create a state-run private health insurance marketplace. Participants would have to pay small monthly premiums and meet a work requirement. NFIB Executive Director Bill Herrle publically spoke out against the bill according to the Tampa Bay Times. "Business owners are very concerned for the future of this state when we become attendant to the whims of federal agencies," Bill said.

Another Voice: Proposed tax cuts for small business leave most of them out in the cold | The Buffalo News

Date: March 18, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been touring the state flaunting his “Opportunity Agenda” and claiming small businesses are very important to him. In an op-ed published by the Buffalo News, NFIB State Director Mike Durant asks if small businesses are so important to NY’s economy than why is the Governor leaving most out of his tax cut proposals?

Assembly Approves Paid Family Leave Measure | TWC News

Date: March 18, 2015

The Democratic-led Assembly passed a paid family leave measure on Tuesday. The bill would provide up to 12 weeks of time off. Mike Durant, NFIB state director, is strongly opposed to the measure according to Time Warner Cable News. “We’re 100 percent against it. We will not negotiate paid family leave just like our stance with minimum wage and it needs to be scuttled as our negotiations conclude.”

Texas Senate passes tax relief bills out of committee | Austin Business Journal

Date: March 18, 2015

Senate budget writers passed a tax relief package out of the finance committee on Tuesday that would take the vast majority of small businesses out of the franchise tax. NFIB wanted to completely strike down the franchise tax and came pretty close to doing so, according to Biz Journal. NFIB Legislative Director Annie Spilman said, "We trust that the entire Senate body will also understand the magnitude and priority of the passage of this legislation by favorably voting it over to the House…We are committed to conveying to legislators the need for consistent, meaningful tax relief on Texas small business."

 



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